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vega's Avatar Comment 1 by vega

5 minutes well spent!

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 16:13:00 UTC | #442757

DamnDirtyApe's Avatar Comment 2 by DamnDirtyApe

Good guy, good guy.

Also what about Dr Brian May too?

He is most certainly Brian (like my wife...)

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 16:17:00 UTC | #442758

Jiten's Avatar Comment 3 by Jiten

I love Prof. Brian Cox's enthusiasm. I read his Why Does E = MC^2 and it was brilliant.

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 16:59:00 UTC | #442773

John_Geeshu's Avatar Comment 4 by John_Geeshu

Watching this makes me want to be a particle physicist. How awesome is that professor!

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 17:31:00 UTC | #442788

Ivan The Not So Bad's Avatar Comment 5 by Ivan The Not So Bad

Featuring the very same Professor Cox on keyboards:

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 18:24:00 UTC | #442821

godsbelow's Avatar Comment 6 by godsbelow

Brian Cox is awesome! He's a great science communicator. I've seen a couple of his documentaries (one on gravity, the other on time), and they're among the best science docs I've seen in recent years.

He does a great job of conveying enthusiam and wonder, without being merely sensationalist. He gives clear explanations of complex ideas, and doesn't 'dumb it down' to an unreasonable extent (in the manner of certain Discovery Channel endevours). Many TV science docs rush towards sensational and often highly speculative conclusions. Cox, however, simply presents the relevant theories, analyses their deficiencies, and leaves you wondering what might be next. He gives a realistic impression of science being about questions where most TV docs don't.

That's how science should be communicated! I'm glad to count Cox among our number.

(Addendum for SF geeks: Cox was also involved in making the Danny Boyle film 'Sunshine' and gives an interesting commentary on the DVD.)

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 20:09:00 UTC | #442856

huyzer's Avatar Comment 7 by huyzer

That was fun. I don't know who he is, but good nonetheless. :)

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 20:28:00 UTC | #442866

SaintStephen's Avatar Comment 8 by SaintStephen

6. Comment #462596 by godsbelow on February 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

(Addendum for SF geeks: Cox was also involved in making the Danny Boyle film 'Sunshine' and gives an interesting commentary on the DVD.)
How interesting. I enjoyed Sunshine immensely.

The "rockstar physicist" Brian Cox. A true wunderkind, apparently. Very, very impressive.

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 21:15:00 UTC | #442877

Friend Giskard's Avatar Comment 9 by Friend Giskard

Asked about science heroes:

"Carl Sagan blah-blah...Richard Feynman, if you want to come closer to my generation."

Uh? Exactly how old is he?

[Edit: oh, I see, the comparison was with Einstein and Newton. It just didn't sound like it]

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:27:00 UTC | #442929

GandalfGrey's Avatar Comment 10 by GandalfGrey

I like Brian a lot, he makes a lot of sense explaining complex things. I learned a great deal more about the LHC from a 10 minute talk he did, than reading the entire wikipedia entry.

For those interested, a documentary about the feasability of a fusion reactor: Can we make a star on Earth:

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:44:00 UTC | #442935

Alternative Carpark's Avatar Comment 11 by Alternative Carpark

Saw this yesterday. When Marcus de Sautoy's term as the Charles Simonyi professorship is over, I can think of no better person than Professor Cox to take over (to be honest, it should be him right now - no offence to Professor de Sautoy).

All of his TV series so far have been fascinating and his obvious genuine enthusiasm and passion for science is infectious.

Any Americans on here care to complain about his accent? :D

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:24:00 UTC | #442957

ddedig's Avatar Comment 12 by ddedig

I have no problem with his accent, but then again for an American I watch a lot of BBC programming.

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:12:00 UTC | #443067

SaganTheCat's Avatar Comment 13 by SaganTheCat

agree with Alternative Carpark. Prof Cox has what it takes to communicate science to the general public (he's one of Mandette's favorites)

not only enthusiastic but an optimist too, it's a while since I've heard someone say we'er entering an exciting time in scientific discovery

Things can only get better...

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:18:00 UTC | #443099

friendlypig's Avatar Comment 14 by friendlypig

Comment #462815 by ddedig on February 22, 2010 at 11:12 am
I have no problem with his accent, but then again for an American I watch a lot of BBC programming.

The last time I was in LA they thought my accent was from Houston, what I said it was a bit further away they asked if it was New York State! I told them I was from England and they were surprised.


Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:22:00 UTC | #443128

TheAtheistBiker's Avatar Comment 15 by TheAtheistBiker


Yeah, Brian Cox is awesome. He's done some brilliant Horizon programmes. I believe he was one of the candidates for the Charles Simonyi Professorship when Richard retired.

He's doing the Voltaire lecture for the British Humanist Association and the South Place Ethical Society on the 6th April at Conway Hall London. The topic is "The value of Big Science: CERN, the LHC and the exploration of the Universe". Check it out at:

I'd love to go but getting time off work in the week is difficult. Why hold it on a Tuesday evening? If it had been a weekend I would defo be there.


Mon, 22 Feb 2010 16:52:00 UTC | #443191

bluebird's Avatar Comment 16 by bluebird

I liked this, and his 2008 TED lecture; he really shines (ptp) with this Colbert Report exchange!

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:58:00 UTC | #443211

Alternative Carpark's Avatar Comment 17 by Alternative Carpark

I forget to mention his frequent, and expert, use of the word "bollocks", particularly with regard to string theory, as another of his strong points.


Things can only get better...


Oh mein gott! He also managed to make Colbert watchable! I guess that Colbert has less to work with when dealing with physicists.

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 01:38:00 UTC | #443332