HomeAll postsWonders of Life: What is life?

Wonders of Life: What is life?

A review by Nalini Haynes


Wonders of Life is a TV series exploring physics and the universe in terms the layperson can understand.

The first episode is ‘What is Life?’, an exploration of physics almost as religion – eternal life being conservation of energy – with the hunky Professor Brian Cox as high priest. He’d be horrified to see my description and yet, at points during this episode, I felt that this was almost a religious although positive experience.

Images include

  • dragonflies, the brevity of their life, their beauty and their corpses floating on the surface of the water
  • people gathered to celebrate the Day of the Dead in the Philippines
  • testing the ph balance of water
  • using a waterfall to illustrate potential energy vs kinetic and thermal energy
  • swimming with solar jellyfish

The one downside: Brian Cox pronounces ‘ing’ as ‘ink’. My pedantic self needs a slapping.

The beauty, the variety and the steady narrative pace enhance the exploration of a serious subject, complete with a little academic/physics humour. Big Bang Theory fans would be proud.

I loved this documentary. Watch eet.

★★★★★ 5 stars

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

[mailerlite_form form_id=1]