I was on the panel that gave Brian Cox a PPARC Fellowship (quite a few years ago now). I think, however, he might have turned it down in order to take up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship instead. I’m not sure.
But, talking of a sense of wonder, I wonder if there’s a bit of Mancunian solidarity showing in your comment!
I’m not against Mancunian solidarity! But I no longer regard myself as an active physicist (cf probability theory) and I haven’t bothered with TV for many years, so I had to see who he was from Wikipedia.
Physics is finding out what is going on *materially*. It is great but it is not the only thing. Even though you need a body to have emotions, and even though you can correlate somebody saying “I feel happy/sad/angry” with certain brain activation patterns, emotions are real yet are still not physical things.
I rarely watch TV myself, unless it’s sport (and there’s not much of that you can see without paying extra). I gave up watching science programmes quite a long time ago, as they are usually dreadful. I therefore haven’t watched much of Wonders of the Solar System, but it’s getting a good reaction from the general public – especially the youngsters – and that’s much more important than what an old fart like me thinks.
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