Professor Brian Cox is back again with a followup to his popular book, TV mini-series and companion iPad app, Wonders of the Universe. In his latest title, Wonders of Life, Cox, along with BBC Head of Science Andrew Cohen, explore the globe to reveal the secrets of life in the most unusual and stunning locations.
The universal iOS app combines high-res images, HD video and 3D models of animals to tell the story of life and how it evolved. You start by picking highlighted locations from a 3D satellite view of the globe and then zoom into the part of world. You then can select from content which includes video documentaries produced by the BBC and stunning images. When viewing the media, you can scroll down to access detailed, written explanations about the topic. A top navigation bar makes it easy to switch between geographic locations and other topics.
Topics include the vibration sensing ability of scorpions, the unique hopping of the kangaroo and the complex designs of plankton. This commentary mixes biology with physics as it explains some of the mysteries of life and how they have developed. You can share some of the content within the app by saving select photos to the photo roll, emailing them or sharing them on social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
Box's Wonders of Life is a wonderful title for anyone with an interest in science. There is enough content to keep you busy for a while. All content is long enough to be informative, but not so long that it loses your attention. The app launched with over 2 hours of video, 1000 images and 30 locations and creatures that you explore. If you want more, you can access additional videos and information when you sign up for an account using your email or via Facebook.
Published by HarperCollins, Brian Cox's Wonders of Life is available from the iOS App Store for US$5.99. It is a universal app and requires iOS 7 or later. There are no ads or in-app purchases.