Win A Copy of Brian Cox’s New Book, “Wonders of the Universe”

This week we’ve been talking with Professor Brian Cox about physics, space exploration and the future. He also talks about all those things in his two television series, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. Cox has written a companion book to Wonders of the Universe, and thanks to HarperCollins, Universe Today has four copies to give away to our readers! Just send us an email with “Brian Cox Book” in the subject line. Fraser will randomly choose four winners from the emails we receive. The contest ends at 12:00 GMT on Monday, August 22, 2011. This contest is limited to people living in North America and Europe.

For more information or to purchase the book see Amazon UK, Amazon US, or HarperCollins.

Above, see a sample of the television series.

10 Replies to “Win A Copy of Brian Cox’s New Book, “Wonders of the Universe””

  1. In sending the email, does this mean writing some short essay which is maybe chosen as winning. Or is this a raffle?


    1. Speaking of essays, did you ever send a proposal in for the 100-year Star Ship competition?

      1. I tried to work up an idea, but it ran into a hitch. I thought that maybe an inflaton field could be collimated in some way. The accelerated expansion of the universe is due to a negative pressure p = -?. The cosmological constant ? = 8?G?/c^2, for ? the vacuum energy density. The de Sitter metric is

        ds^2 = dt^2 – exp[t sqrt{?/3}](dr^2 + r^2d?^2)

        The idea means we adjust ? — > ? + ?(?,?), where ? < c within a region bounded by the cosmological horizon. Suppose this happens and we then turn off this inflaton “beam.” This would then mean the craft would in a local region be traveling faster than light. We then end up with all the contradictions of faster than light.

        The questions mounted and the deadline passed by. So in short, I did not end up submitting as essay.


      2. Interesting. Perhaps subluminal technologies would have been more productive. The Fresnel Lens comes to mind.

        Didn’t your book cover the sail/Fresnel lens as an affordable medium-term solution to interstellar travel?

    2. No short essay required. Fraser uses a program which selects the ‘winning’ emails at random.

  2. A bit jealous, are we? I don’t think Professor Cox needs any help selling books. BTW, this is a book giveaway.

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