The be­gin­ning and the end

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - Brian Cox: Life of a Uni­verse,

With NASA’s re­cent an­nounce­ment of seven Earth-like plan­ets or­bit­ing the dis­tant Trap­pist-1 star, I can’t get enough of space-themed en­ter­tain­ment.

For the fic­tional kind, you check out Net­flix: three sea­sons of the orig­i­nal Star Trek, seven sea­sons of The Next Gen­er­a­tion, seven sea­sons of Voy­ager, seven sea­sons of Deep Space Nine and four sea­sons of the less well known 2004 se­ries En­ter­prise. For a fac­tual-fic­tional hybrid, seek out the peerless Nat Geo se­ries Mars from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. And by the time you fin­ish all that, Elon Musk will be sell­ing one-way tick­ets to the Space-X Mars colony.

Here, at the fac­tual end of the spec­trum, is dis­tin­guished English physi­cist and ubiq­ui­tous sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tor Brian Cox pre­sent­ing a two-part se­ries which asks the big ques­tions: How did the uni­verse be­gin? And how will it end?

It will ask what (if any­thing) ex­isted be­fore the Life of a Uni­verse Big Bang; when the last day on Earth will be; when the sky will go dark; and whether there will be any­thing left when the uni­verse ends (if it ever re­ally “ends”)?

To help an­swer these ques­tions, the se­ries fea­tures em­i­nent Aus­tralian sci­en­tists plus Neil De­grasse Tyson and Brian Greene.

Re­cently Cox ar­guably drove right out of his lane when on a podcast with De­grasse Tyson he de­clared that sci­en­tists had proved ghosts don’t ex­ist. (You can hear his full ex­pla­na­tion on BBC Ra­dio Four’s The In­fi­nite Mon­key Cage podcast.)

Next month, Cox will re­turn to the ABC with the very ex­cit­ing Stargaz­ing Live, where he and lead­ing sci­en­tists will ob­serve the heart of the Milky Way from the Sid­ing Spring Ob­ser­va­tory near Coon­abarabran, NSW. 8pm, ABC. Tues­day,

English physi­cist Brian Cox asks the big ques­tions in

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