App of the Week: Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe

Title: Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe
Cost: 6.99
Platform: iPad 2 and higher with iOS 5 or higher

“Wonders of the Universe, a new app from the BBC, HarperCollins, and Professor Brian Cox, takes you zooming through our universe, from a broad view at multiple galaxies all the way down to a look at subatomic particles–with more than a film’s worth of videos, a staggering amount of gorgeous space photos, and hundreds of interesting articles as well. It takes the idea of an interactive textbook far beyond what we’ve seen before.” — from Wonders of the Universe App Is Your Space Textbook of the Future

In previous App of the Week posts I’ve talked about how librarians will want to start thinking about and looking at apps as a part of their non-fiction and textbook collections. Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe is a perfect example of this. The app is filled with lots of good text-based information. But, beyond that, it includes many videos in which Cox discusses and demonstrates concepts covered in the app. For visual and auditory learners these videos, along with the high-quality images, will surely help increase understanding of the universe. The screencast below provides an overview of the app’s impressive user interface and content.

You can read more YALSA App of the Week posts by visiting the App of the Week Archive.

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