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  1. #1 Wonders of the Universe: BBC 2011 
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    Wonders of the Universe is a 2011 television series produced by the BBC and hosted by physicist Brian Cox. Wonders of the Universe was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC2 on 6 March 2011 and in Australia on ABC1 on 19 July.1 The series comprises four episodes, each of which focuses on an aspect of the universe and features a 'wonder' relevant to the theme. It follows on from Cox's previous series for the BBC, Wonders of the Solar System, which was first broadcast in 2010.

    Wikipedia informs me that in the UK 6 million watched the first episode. Cox and the BBC ARE also reportedly responsible for a hike in telescope sales. But, as night follows day or, as a planetary nebula becomes a white dwarf, Cox and the program have its detractors. Iíll let you read about them for they are easily accessible in cyberspace.

    The universe is filled with over a hundred billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. In the first episode, the one I watched yesterday evening in the middle of an Australian winter, Cox considered the nature of time in this vastness of billions and billions. He explored, briefly, the cycles of time that astronomers and physicists have now named and described. Cox also discussed the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, its effect on time, and the Heat Death theory concerning the end of the universe. Iíll leave you to google all this to your heartís content if, indeed, your heart and mind want to get more content, more stimulated or more amazed beyond human understanding.1-Ron Price with thanks to 1ABC1, 19 July 2011, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

    We all react to different aspects of programs,
    and that is only saying the obvious, eh, Brian?
    I was most impressed by the idea of timeís line:
    the cosmological terms and those many epochs
    beginning with the Planck epoch, the stages of
    the early universe, and of structure formation:
    stars, galaxies, clusters, super-clusters and the
    ultimate fate of the universe in billions of years.1

    What went on in the first trillionth of a second in
    that growth from sub-microscopic to astronomical
    size in the blink of an eye?2 Iíve had a fascination
    with time since the Ď50s and those first years of the
    atomic age when the edge of self-destruction filled
    our time and I joined a new religion with its cycles &
    periods, eras & epochs, phases & stages, and plans.3

    1 Go to this link for the details here:
    Timeline of the Big Bang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    2 See this link:
    Astronomers Find the Earliest Signs Yet of a Violent Baby Universe - NYTimes.com
    3 The Bahaíi Faith

    Ron Price
    19 July 2011


    married for 37 years; teacher for 30; living in Australia for 33 years; Baha'i for 45 years. Writer of poetry for 25 years.
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