Forces of Nature with Brian Cox episode 1. The Universe in a Snowflake, the first documentary in a series that looks closely at the world around us to reveal its true construct. The shapes in the nature that surrounds us are produced by fundamental rules which govern the universe and when investigated reveal both beauty and complexity in many different forms, Professor Brian Cox explores three particularly interesting shapes in this film. In Spain we see how people have figured out a way to build the largest human towers using geometric shapes to counter-act the cosmically weak but ever governing force of gravity in spectacular fashion as teams from different towns use different patterns to succeed. The structures they create can be traced back to the origins of Earth itself as the scientific principals behind them are what drove the accretion process within our young solar system to build a ball of rock which gained enough mass to create the planet we call home.
Secondly Brian travels to Nepal and visit’s Honey Bee hunters who find their catch clinging to cliff walls. The Bees store their honey in perfectly hexagonal structures called combs, a structure that humans have used to create immensely strong but light-weight objects. It took engineers and scientists years and millions of pounds worth of research to come to conclusion that the Honey Combs was the strongest and most efficient structure, but the bees found that out on their own. How and why were they able to do this?
Thirdly Brian travels to Canada to show how the smallest of forces can create some of the largest objects on the planet, icebergs. From the snowflake to icebergs there are an infinitesimal number of unique and subtle changes that have happened in order to create what we see around us as we watch the documentary Forces of Nature with Brian Cox episode 1. The Universe in a Snowflake.