Professor Brian Cox sets the new Guinness World Record with the science tour

Professor Brian Cox sets the new Guinness World Record with the science tour

Professor Brian Cox sets the new Guinness World Record with the science tour

Professor Brian Cox has set a new Guinness World Record for the most tickets sold for a science tour, after 230,873 people watched his 2019 Universal show.

It marks the second time the physicist has broken his own record, having previously done so with his 2017 live tour after selling 158,589 tickets, which in turn improved his previous record.

Cox, 54, who is currently on his 2022 Horizons: A 21st Century Space Odyssey world tour, said he was “very proud.”

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The previous record was 158,589, which Cox set with his 2017 live tour (PA)

After hearing he broke the record once again, Cox said, “It’s wonderful that so many people want to spend an evening contemplating our place in the universe.

“I am very proud on behalf of the entire team involved in making my tours that we can extend this record.”

Cox is halfway through his tour, which is making its way into UK arenas ahead of dates in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

He completed the US leg of the tour earlier this year before enjoying a series of special performances at London’s Royal Opera House in August.

Cox is a professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester and a broadcaster, having presented a number of highly acclaimed science programs for the BBC, including Wonders Of The Solar System, Forces Of Nature, Stargazing Live, and most recently , Adventures In Space by Brian Cox and Time and Brian Cox: Seven Days on Mars.

He has also written a series of successful books, with his latest book Black Holes: The Key To Understanding The Universe, written in collaboration with Professor Jeffrey Forshaw, set for release in October.

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said, “It is a pleasure to celebrate the continued success of Brian’s mind-expansion tour.

“As the world around us seems to become more and more complex and confusing, it is reassuring to know that Brian is available to put us in our place.

“We truly live in a wonderful, complex and beautiful universe, and I can’t think of a better person to guide us through it.”

Horizons takes audiences on a cinematic journey, following the story of how we became and what we can become.

Using state-of-the-art LED screen technology, audiences are shown images of distant galaxies, alien worlds, supermassive black holes and a time before the big bang.

Cox also works to explore deeper issues using the latest advances in our understanding of quantum theory, black holes, biology, planetary science, astronomy and cosmology.

He added: “We are experiencing difficult times and I think this means that a lot of people are looking for a bit of escapism, but also a broader perspective.

“I say at the beginning of the show that cosmology raises profound philosophical and emotional questions about the value of our civilization and I think of the challenges to our worldview imposed by the study of black holes, the origin of life and the new spectacle of the images of telescopes. like the James Webb Space Telescope they offer evasion, wonder and even a little food for thought. “

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