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Human Universe

Professor Brian Cox

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Human life is a staggeringly strange thing. On the surface of a ball of rock falling around a nuclear fireball in the blackness of a vacuum the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from.What is a human being? Objectively, nothing of consequence. Particles of dust in an infinite arena, present for an instant in eternity. Clumps of atoms in a universe with more galaxies than people. And yet a human being is necessary for the question itself to exist, and the presence of a question in the universe – any question – is the most wonderful thing.Questions require minds, and minds bring meaning. What is meaning? I don’t know, except that the universe and every pointless speck inside it means something to me. I am astonished by the existence of a single atom, and find my civilisation to be an outrageous imprint on reality. I don’t understand it. Nobody does, but it makes me smile.This book asks questions about our origins, our destiny, and our place in the universe. We have no right to expect answers; we have no right to even ask. But ask and wonder we do.Human Universe is first and foremost a love letter to humanity; a celebration of our outrageous fortune in existing at all. I have chosen to write my letter in the language of science, because there is no better demonstration of our magnificent ascent from dust to paragon of animals than the exponentiation of knowledge generated by science. Two million years ago we were apemen. Now we are spacemen. That has happened, as far as we know, nowhere else. That is worth celebrating.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Andrew Cohen, Samuel West

Length:

7h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:03


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

14:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

18:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

11:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

11:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

12:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:31