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Prof Brian Cox visits the USA retelling evolutionary history and the origin of the senses.

Wonders of Life • 5 episodes •

What is Life

Professor Brian Cox journeys to South-East Asia to understand how life first began.

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Expanding Universe

Prof Brian Cox visits the USA retelling evolutionary history and the origin of the senses.

Nature

Endless Forms Most Beautiful

In this film Brian asks how a lifeless cosmos can produce a planet of such varied biology.

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Size Matters

In this episode, Brian travels round Australia to explore the physics of the size of life.

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Home

Brian Cox considers what it is about our world that makes it a home for life.

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