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A Sunday Times best seller.

A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking audiobook accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions.

'What is motion?'

'Why is every snowflake different?'

'Why is life symmetrical?'

To answer these and many other questions, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond.

From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday and approach the universe beyond.

Forces of Nature takes you to 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 will answer questions on Earth that will illuminate our understanding of the universe.

Think you know our planet?

Think again.

©2017 Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"In this book of the acclaimed BBC2 TV series, 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)
"Engaging, ambitious and creative." ( Guardian)
"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)

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Would you listen to Forces of Nature again? Why?

I probably wouldn't listen to this book again, however some sections/chapters of this book were fascinating and would probably warrant a re-listen.

What other book might you compare Forces of Nature to, and why?

A short history of nearly anything by Bill Bryson. Although Bryson's book has the edge for me as Bryson was able to explain the physics without reference to a diagram. It was really annoying that in this book the narration was clearly referring to equations or diagrams that existed in the print version. So this audible was lacking supporting material.Some bits you can visualise in your mind what is being discussed which is fine. However. for some of the concepts being explained due to the technicality it's just not possible to follow without the supporting diagram or formula.

Have you listened to any of Samuel West’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Physics answers the questions to your questions on nature.

Any additional comments?

Although I had negative comments about the lack of supporting documents, I still think this is a very good work and worth listening to if you have interests in Physics. If you have no prior knowledge of physics probably no worth listening to just yet, Or might be worth listening to if you have seen the TV series.

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Great!

Very informative and intriguing. It made me question my very inquisitive about our universe. 😁

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Engaging but difficult to follow

To listen to this you must have some kind of background in science otherwise it is near impossible to understand everything just by listening. I downloaded the book and read and listened at the same time and I have some scientific knowledge and a huge interest in the subject but still this is no easy piece. There are many diagrams, graphs and pictures in the book which are not available in the audiobook but which are essential. These could have been included here easily. So if you don’t have a lot of interest in science and some kind of scientific background I don’t think this book is for you. If you are interested, I would still not suggest the audiobook. the written book is much better. I can’t say anything bad about the narration though it was superb.

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fantastic book

everyone should listen to this... it's great! a celebration of the beautiful patterns and principles that lie in wait to be discovered by the curious. To understand the rainbow is not to unweave its beauty but to appreciate it more fully.

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  • 02-08-17

Brilliant.

Beauriful, brilliant and awe inspiring. A accessible and magnificent read. Highly Recomend this to anyone, even if science doesn't interest you.

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great book

I really enjoyed this.

For all of us who still wonder how things work but we left physics and chemistry behind when we left secondary school this is a great book.

Enjoying also is the fact that Cox reminds us of his music background. so it's not just another anorak bleeting out endless theories and equations that Joe blogs can't fathom. He reminds us he's one of us.

might just listen again ! ! !

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Great book - Cox & Cohen deliver great content

Great book, Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen graciously share their knowledge and experiences in the world of science to educate the masses on the universe's greatest mysteries in great bitesize and understandable content.

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Physics Envy

Listen very carefully, Sam will say this only once. An exciting journey through the wonders of physics. A challenging text which refuses to dumb the subject down. How wonderful it must be to have the mentholated synapses to understand and the crystal vision to make the reader see these beauties of nature. On second thoughts, read it again Sam.

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Ideal for casual science enthusiasts

Very well executed explanations of simple questions that have complicated answers. Some of the mathematics went over my head but didn't blur the messages overall. Some parts will blow your mind, then reassemble it with new information inserted into the cracks. Great work guys

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A Wonder to Listen to...

Beautifully read by Samuel West, a huge thanks to him. All the subjects were mightily interesting if not a little over my head; however, the way it was written one knew where one was up to with the context.

Professor Cox, you are the Master; not forgetting Andrew Cohen. Thank you all.

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  • Philomath
  • 13-06-17

Complicated in its simplicity

Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen have the ability to explain science in a fashion that still maintains depth, yet you don't need to be a scientist to understand it. This is simpler said than done, specially when you explain all of what is out there from its simplest components.

The authors passion is carried vividly in this book, that even the few equations that are provided sound like poetry.

This book is not too simple, but definitely a gem. It is yet another up to date explanation of science in the cutting edge, where progress is moving faster than books can be written.

Highly recommended for those who want to be informed of where we are and are willing to strain their mind just a little, the lovers of science.

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  • Sharey
  • 02-08-17

Very Good

You will need to engage your brain to follow these complex concepts, so do not expect an easy listen. That said, once you have shifted gear to listen very intently, West will carefully deliver Cox's fascinating explanations of the forces of nature to the average person who is not well-versed in physics. If you are, however, this book may be too elementary for you and you might find this book too pedestrian. If you do get in over your head, just listen and pick up what you can!

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  • Chip C.
  • 13-07-17

And I thought I had read it all ...

No, I hadn't. I also thought I knew most of the basics of this physics, astronomy and other natural sciences stuff. I didn't. This is a very well written and narrated book. A fun listen! Particularly for the price.

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  • Carlos Diaz
  • 15-09-20

Beautifully written and read

I loved learning about the reasons things are they way they are. Snowflakes are so much more interesting when you see why they are unique and have six sides.
I teared up at Cox's description of the possibility that all events, such as your favorite memory, exist out there in spacetime.
Samuel West was the perfect match for this book

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  • Great and powerful IDE
  • 24-07-17

good read nice examples

Brian Cox is a great job of making complicated things easier to understand by using great examples that are very relatable.

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  • Max
  • 04-01-21

Amazing must listen 👂 👌

The world we live in explained beautifully. Had no idea this is a TV show as well, can't wait to see it😊

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  • Brandon subia
  • 01-08-20

Brian Cox never fails to inspire

I am just always inspired by Brain Cox’s work! I heard him first on a Joe Rogan interview and have since finished several of his books! I have yet to be disappointed. Could not have been happier with this book!

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  • Maestro F
  • 27-01-20

Science as Story Telling

This was a cleverly conceived, accessible presentation of key scientific ideas based on simple, common questions like “Why is the Sky Blue”? It works well as an audiobook, requiring no diagrams for understanding about what’s being presented. I want to watch the BBC series it’s based on now.

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  • Tyler
  • 07-12-19

Superb Scientific Communicator.

I was floored by Cox and Cohen’s precise and perfected delivery. Inspiring beyond belief, I can only dream to follow in their footsteps.

Thank you. A truly beautiful read. A masterpiece summary of our times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-19

Excellent

Inspiring, thought provoking, impactful. Everything I needed to hear about the elements that shape the physical phenomenon of our natural world. One of those books you listen to where you feel the compulsive need to stop every five minutes to write it all down & upon completing find yourself driving to the bookstore to buy the hard copy. One to read again.