Sometimes TV just surprises you. We were looking on the Sky Guide for something to wind-down to one night. The Scientist-Spouse spotted something on BBC2 called “A Night with the Stars”. Sounded like pure entertainment. Instead we got “Beautiful Physics”.
Brian Cox was the presenter at the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution. In a one-hour program he managed, with the help (and sometimes hindrance) of a variety of celebrities, to cover such difficult subjects of wave-particle duality, electron energy levels, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and the existence of White Dwarf stars with gigantic diamonds at the core. With a few high school physics experiments, a blackboard and chalk and a very expensive diamond he left us convinced of everything he was trying to explain.
Well done BBC and Brian Cox. If you want to see Brian’s method of delivering science in action, have a look at Wonders of the Solar System on DVD or Wonders of the Universe on DVD — Also both available together as The Wonders Collection on DVD.