Cox, Brian, Andrew Cohen

Why is the sky blue? Why is the Earth round? Why is every snowflake unique?  To answer these and many other questions, Professor Brian Cox will reveal some of the most extraordinary phenomena and events on Earth.

He reveals why Earth is the most colourful world we know, exploring the white light of the sun as it travels through the darkness of space until it hits Earth’s atmosphere where it begins a new journey, splitting into a rainbow of colours. He shows how our world is built up of myriad shapes which all obey the forces of nature no matter where or what they are. These forces sculpt snowflakes into infinitely variable shapes, as well as setting limits to the height of spectacular, death-defying human towers created by hundreds of people from one town in Spain. In Florida, endangered manatees, large marine mammals also known as sea cows, use the rules of shape to survive.

From the great plains of the Serengeti, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal, to the humpback whales of the Caribbean and the northern lights of the Arctic, Brian Cox will gives inspiring answers to our most searching questions that illuminates our understanding of the planet like never before.

Think you know our planet?  Think again.

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HarperCollins GB, July 2017.  282 pages, paperback,  16 plates with colour and black and white photographs, black and white illustrations