A talk by Marcus Chown, the man who gave us the award winning solar system app for the iPad, on his 10 bonkers things about the universe.
Marcus Chown is the New Scientist’s cosmology consultant and the acclaimed author of such books as Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and We Need to Talk about Kelvin. He’s also written the text for a ‘book’ designed for the iPad called The Solar System. I’ve been wanting to see it ever since it came out at the end of 2010 and I finally got my chance last Friday. After a joint talk on quantum physics that Marcus and I did in London, he gave me a tour of the book (or should that be app) on his iPad. It’s absolutely stunning – full of breathtaking images and animations that you can manipulate every which way. After spending half hour playing with it, I was convinced that it would be worth shelling out for an iPad just to have what amounts to your own planetarium. Here’s a short film of Marcus introducing his award-winning The Solar System for iPad: