“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.”
When you understand the meaning of those words, your mind is immediately blown into a million cosmic particles. It happened to me, and I have no shame to admit that I became a fan of the man who brought them to my TV screen almost instantly.
You may know him as the guy from yet another show about the Universe, and if that is your position, please read no further. However, if you are even the least curious, let me introduce you to Brian Cox. That is Professor Brian Cox, to you. And to me. Because you would not dare drop the title from his name. No, Sir, you wouldn’t. When he speaks, you listen. He is not just the dude from some Universe show, he is Professor Brian Cox, from Wonders of the Universe, and you are going to hold on to your Mountain Dew and prepare to listen and have your mind blown. And that’s that.
No, seriously, that’s what he does. You are just munching on your Cheerios, and then he says stuff like this:
“Wherever we look across space, we only ever find the same ninety-two elements that we find on Earth.”
That mouthful of Cheerios that you just took comes out spilling out of your mouth with the force of a solar flare, because you just had an epiphany. You just realized that the same stuff you have in your backyard could also be found on the Moon, and on Saturn, and maybe some in comets. Even in Gallifrey! Your mind is blown. You just can’t handle the awesome. But he is not done. He is about to play with your brain some more, he is about to make it explode, because he drops this one on you:
“We are made of the same stuff as the stars and the galaxies.”
“Every carbon atom in every living thing on the planet was produced in the heart of a dying star.”
That’s when you drop down to your knees because the man just told you that you could potentially be a Time Lord. Or an Ewok, whichever you choose. You don’t believe me? Well, he ponders on that theory even further:
“Our story is the story of the universe. Every piece of everyone, everything you love, everything you hate, and the thing you hold most precious, was assembled by the forces of nature in the first few minutes of the life of the universe. Transformed in the hearts of stars, or created in their fiery deaths. And when you die, those pieces will be returned to the universe in the endless cycle of death and rebirth. What a wonderful thing it is, to be a part of that universe—and what a story, what a majestic story.”
See? Time Lord blood, I tell you. The man just told me, and I believe him.
Just when I thought it could not get any more awesome, as I try to wipe the fangirl tears rolling down my face and stumble back onto the couch, I came across this:
And I die. I just cannot handle it anymore. This is too much awesome, too soon and without warning. And when you realize that this man, who blows up buildings to demonstrate the death of a star, whose level of amazing can only be compared to that of Jim T. (if you don’t know who I am talking about…well, I just have no words for you), used to look like this:
I love astronomy. I mean, who doesn’t? Billions and billions of stars, and many more questions that we need answered. Who hasn’t gotten lost looking at the Moon? Many times, I have felt infinitely small when I got that sudden realization of how tiny we are compared to the immensity of the Cosmos. But if you are anything like me, you have found most universe-related shows to be extremely boring and dense. It’s like when you are a little kid, you look at the book because of the pretty pictures but you have no clue what the content says. Same thing. That’s exactly how I felt, until I came across Professor Brian Cox, and he changed all that. When I say “when he speaks, you listen,” it is true. He really is that captivating. He explains astrophysics in a way that we can all understand. He gives the viewers amazing facts that they can relate to; he doesn’t just give information—he teaches, and that is why his title is so well deserved.
So, I rest my case, America. I have done my duty. I am introducing his awesomeness to you, my fellow Nerd. Professor Brian Cox, the one and only. Please, spread the magic.