You never forget that this is not The Wonders of the Universe but Brian Cox’s The Wonders of the Universe… There are plenty of still photos of Cox gazing out over dramatic terrestrial landscapes. The section on “How to Use This App” even opens with a photo of Cox squinting meaningfully into the middle distance. (Maybe he is in on the joke—the orientation photo set on which you can practice your swiping features the same tousled Cox superimposed over a nebula, a galaxy, and a black hole eating a star.)
At first I was disappointed in the level of the material. I read through thinking, “Uh huh, uh huh. Yeah, I know that. Brian Cox, why are you in the desert?” But when I was eight, I was the kid watching NOVA specials on particle physics.
I wrote about Brian Cox’s iPad app, Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe. And also, a bit about Brian Cox’s hair and about what an extraordinary nerd I was when I was a kid.