I’m a sucker for educational apps that provide insight into the world around us beyond reading and math skills (not that those aren’t important as well) and there’s an iPad app that debuted today that promises to be an impressive entry in this category. HarperCollins has released Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe for the iPad, an app that offers a wealth of information about the universe from sub-atomic particles all the way to the formation of stars and galaxies.
Professor Brian Cox provides mind-expanding insight in over 200 interactive articles pinned to the stars, planets, galaxies and other wonders modelled in extraordinary 3D, written in his accessible style and accompanied by two and a half hours of video from the BBC TV series Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. The app also includes hundreds of infographics and images of space objects supplied by astronomy experts, NASA and other space researchers.
The app is broken down into seven sections to cover all things sub-atomic and atomic, the solar system, stars, the Milky Way, galaxies and the universe as a whole. Each section contains text supplemented with photos and videos to document the current state of scientific knowledge of each topic. Two additional sections feature content from Professor Brian Cox’s BBC television series, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe.
Here’s a video demo of the app in action:
I’ve been exploring the app this afternoon and find it to provide a ton of information as promised. While there isn’t a lot of depth to each topic with only a few paragraphs for each section that I’ve seen so far, the breadth of what’s covered is impressive. The app is polished with interactive images that look great on the new iPad’s retina display and a soothing audio track to complement the content.
Wonders of the Universe is available at a special introductory price of $6.99 for three weeks. After this, its regular price will be $9.99. Given its graphics-intensive nature, HarperCollins recommends it only for 2nd- and 3rd-generation iPads, so owners of the first-generation iPad should skip this app to avoid an unsatisfactory experience. A separate version of the app for the iPhone is planned as well though a specific release date and pricing has not yet been announced.