Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe
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Take a mind-blowing 3D tour of the Universe with Professor Brian Cox as your guide. The official Wonders app by arrangement with the BBC.
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Now for iPhone and iPad 1 - with added features: cause the supernova explosion of Betelgeuse! Land on the surfaces of Mars, the Moon, Io and Enceledus!
Journey up from the smallest particles, past the moons and planets of the Solar System, out through the Oort Cloud to the Milky Way, past our Local Stars and out to distant galaxies before arriving, finally, at the edge of the known Universe. On the way you will encounter the likes of seething Red Giants, beautiful Nebulae, pulsing Neutron stars and confront a daunting vision of a Black Hole sucking down a hapless star, all rendered in spectacular 3D.
Professor Brian Cox provides mind-expanding insight in over 200 interactive articles pinned to the stars, planets, galaxies and other wonders modelled in extraordinary 3D, written in his accessible style and accompanied by two and a half hours of video from the BBC TV series Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. The app also includes hundreds of infographics and images of space objects supplied by astronomy experts, NASA and other space researchers.
• Explore the entire Universe in 7 interlinked scales from sub-atomic to the edge of the known Universe, or take Brian's tours • Two-and-a-half hours of BBC video from the Wonders TV series (requires wifi) • 50+ spectacular 3D models of planets, moons, galaxies and nebulae to discover • Over 200 interactive articles by Brian telling the story of the Universe • Hundreds of beautiful images from around the cosmos • High resolution graphics optimised for the new iPad
“Few apps can match Wonders of the Universe.” New York Times
“Wonders is hands down one of the best apps out there for the iPad.” The Next Web
“One of the best educational apps to date.” Cnet.com
“In a class of its own.” Daily Mail
“The graphics and content make the experience well worth it.” Mashable
“Stunningly produced.” MSN.com
“The only app I’ve ever called perfect.” Imore.com
“Have you ever wanted a grand tour of the universe…this is it, and you’ll love it.” Mac Observer
“Professor Cox shows us the Cosmos as we have never seen it before - a place full of the most bizarre and powerful natural phenomena.” Sunday Express
“It will entertain and delight.” Independent on Sunday
“He bridges the gap between our childish sense of wonder and a rather more profound grasp of the scale of things.” Independent
“Cox’s romantic, lyrical approach to astrophysics all adds up to an experience that feels less like homework and more like having a story told to you. A really good story too”. Guardian
About Professor Brian Cox:
Professor Brian Cox OBE is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, and a professor at the University of Manchester as well as researcher on one of the most ambitious experiments on Earth, the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is best known to the public as a science broadcaster and presenter of the highly popular BBC2 series Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe and Star Gazing Live. He was also keyboard player in the UK pop band D:Ream in the 1990s.
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What's New in Version 1.76
Fixed display bug on iPhone 6 Plus
Beautiful, but slanted.
I give this app five stars because it is so gorgeous. It is, as well, highly informative. But, while all of that is good, it is completely slanted to the view of evolution and the Big Bang theory. Creationism is not an option in this app. I'm able to overlook this fact simply because I believe the app shows the vastness of the universe, and that makes it special to me. How anyone can look at this app and say that this vast Cosmos is a random advent.. believe what you want.
“Even evolutionist Stephen Hawking, considered the best-known scientist since Albert Einstein, acknowledges “the universe and the laws of physics seem to have been specifically designed for us. If any one of about 40 physical qualities had more than slightly different values, life as we know it could not exist: Either atoms would not be stable, or they wouldn’t combine into molecules, or the stars wouldn’t form the heavier elements, or the universe would collapse before life could develop, and so on...” (Austin American Statesman, October 19, 1997)”
The key word here is "designed".
For Independently Curious Minds
This app can be used in several ways.
1. Visually zoom around the solar system, Galaxy, and universe. Tap things to learn more
2. Go section by section and learn about macro level stuff like the universe all the way down to atoms and even sub-atomic particles.
The app has beautiful images, helpful diagrams, and mediocre videos. You'll likely have the most fun by zooming around our solar system and learning about all the planets and moons.
I didn't go to school for physics or astronomy, business actually. But I love space and, as a result, have learned to love physics. This app was a great opportunity to revisit basic physics and grasp the most micro scale building blocks of our lives
Extremely rough on iOS 8 and iPhone 6 Plus
The 6 Plus issue is fixed, but the tap targets for individual destinations like the planets, galaxies, etc are either way too small or not positioned correctly on the x/y. As a result, tapping something like Mercury takes 4-5 attempts before the app selects it and zooms in. Highly frustrating.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Oct 31, 2014
- Version: 1.76
- Size: 293 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
- © HarperCollins Publishers Limited 2012
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.