The radiant cheekboned one is back soon on the BBC with a show in which Professor Brian Cox explains Why are we here? How did the universe make us? Are we alone? And what is our future? And why the answers to all these questions need to be explained from the top of a mountain.
This follows on from “Wonders of Life” where he tells us that biology is basically a subset of chemistry which is of course a branch of physics, “Wonders of the Universe” where everything is massive and brilliant and huge and physics, and “Wonders of the Solar System” where everything is slightly less massive and slightly less brilliant and slightly less huge but still physics.
I imagine the answer to many of those questions will be physics.
It is probably for the best that Mrs G entered our relationship knowing that she would have to share it with PBC (as well as FemShep, Cricket and Football Manager) so she doesn’t feel too jealous about him, I’ve yet to see any dartboard with his grinning smile on or a mini voodoo doll where she has broken his pointing arm.
I may get mocked for my Professor Brian Cox attachment, but surely it is better than being obsessed by the latest Kardashian to crawl out the woodwork? It’s not the 90’s indie band hair, or the high cheekbones that I’m after…it’s the brain cells. Smart is sexy after all.
Admittedly he wouldn’t be everywhere if he was a balding 60-year-old with a belly and NHS glasses, but the fact this guy is super-smart (and he is, they don’t hand out professorships to anybody with an iconic 90’s anthem) and is excited to pass on that knowledge makes him someone worth watching. Like all the great science and technology broadcasters, having a love for the subject and a desire to impart that information onto others is terribly infectious.
He is also one of the growing breed of scientists who believe that the solution to the majority of the problems we are due to face in the future (energy production, climate change, pollution) can only be dealt with by science. The lack of funding that the discipline receives, and the insidious encroaching tentacles of pseudo-science has in government policy is a danger to us all; and Professor Brian Cox is willing to call all the nobbers out over this.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7BTqKeP6Ks]
So let’s celebrate the return of the science d:reamer, even if he is starting to encroach on the sacred territory of Sir David Attenborough. You can point at all the stars from the top of whatever mountain Brian but SDA will always be my Number 1 science guy.