The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome
The Cosmic Genome app has been put together by comedian and science fan Robin Ince, and is a veritable treasure trove of amazing science. Harking back to the days of Encarta, the Cosmic Genome features extended video interviews with many of the biggest names in science, comedy and entertainment - all talking about their love of science. This includes the aforementioned Brian Cox, Lawrence Krauss, Helen Czerski and “Bad Science” author Dr Ben Goldacre. They’re joined by the likes of comedians Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Helen Arney and Robin Ince himself. The app also includes a specialist section in which some of the big names tackle some big topics. For example - CERN physicist Jon Butterworth is in there giving the lowdown on exactly how Feynman diagrams work, and slightly less seriously Robin and Brian talk about the difference degrees of being wrong. The app is being updated on a monthly basis and slowly but surely the periodic table-style menu on the homescreen is filling up. It’s beautifully designed, and you could lose hours to all of the stuff packed in there - if you buy one science app, make it this one!
Science is the new Rock & Roll, or at least you’d be forgiven for thinking so after seeing the huge crowds that Professor Brian Cox can draw just by talking about the wonders of the universe. The iPad isn’t short of apps celebrating this new phenomenon either – so here’s our pick of the best apps for science geeks.