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The science of Discworld Not Just Another Science Book And Not Just Another Discworld Novella, The Science Of Discworld Is A Creative, Mind Bending Mash Up Of Fiction And Fact, That Offers A Wizard S Eye View Of Our World That Will Forever Change How You Look At The Universe.Can Unseen University S Eccentric Wizards And Orangutan Librarian Possibly Shed Any Useful Light On Hard, Rational Earthly Science In The Course Of An Exciting Experiment, The Wizards Of Discworld Have Accidentally Created A New Universe Within This Universe Is A Planet That They Name Roundworld Roundworld Is, Of Course, Earth, And The Universe Is Our Own As The Wizards Watch Their Creation Grow, Terry Pratchett And Acclaimed Science Writers Ian Stewart And Jack Cohen Use Discworld To Examine Science From The Outside Interwoven With The Pratchett S Original Story Are Entertaining, Enlightening Chapters Which Explain Key Scientific Principles Such As The Big Bang Theory And The Evolution Of Life On Earth, As Well As Great Moments In The History Of Science.

  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • The science of Discworld
  • Terry Pratchett
  • English
  • 23 November 2018
  • 9780804168946

About the Author: Terry Pratchett

Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i



10 thoughts on “The science of Discworld

  1. says:

    The Science of Discworld Science of Discworld 1 , Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack CohenWhen a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands Roundworld, where neither magic nor common sense seems to stand a chance against logic The Universe, of course, is our own And Roundworld is Earth As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow, we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond Through this original Terry Pratchett story with intervening chapters from Cohen and Stewart we discover how puny and insignificant individual lives are against a cosmic backdrop of creation and disaster Yet, paradoxically, we see how the richness of a universe based on rules, has led to a complex world and at...

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    Unfortunately the Science in this book was too basic for me, but I must applaud the authors for their approach through Discworld Now, what kept me reading was the story of the wizards I must point out that it was difficult not to cheat and skip over all the science c...

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    Real review to follow Once upon a time, there was Discworld There still is an adequate supply Discworld is the flat world, carried through space on the back of a giant turtle, which has been the source of, so far, twenty three novels, four maps, an encyclopaedia, two animated series, t shirts, scarves, models, badges, beer, embroidery, pens, posters, and probably, by the time this is published, talcum powder and body splash if not, it can only be a matter of time. Two of my favori...

  4. says:

    Back in the late 90s, there was a whole slew of Science Of books The science of Star Trek, X Files, Star Wars, all of them did their best to explain the fantastic in terms of what we already knew about science They weren t trying to disprove these worlds saying that warp speed is impossible, for example, or how The Force violates any number of natural laws but rather they tried to figure out how we could explain these things, and perhaps, someday, make them real.This isn t that sort of book.The Discworld, as the writers say straight out, runs on stories, on some mysterious element that we might call Narrativium Things happen a certain way because that s how they re supposed to happen The eighth son of an eighth son HAS to become a wizard, even if he turns out to be a daughter And a million to one shot HAS to come off, because the Story demands it.In this story, the wizards at the Unseen University at Ankh Morpork have a little problem Their thaumic reactor, built in the middle of the squash court, is pumping out dangerous levels of magic enough to turn most of the Ankh Morpork plains into the playground of horrible betentacled Things from the Dungeon Dimension So, in order to s...

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    The Science of Discworld is an odd sort of Discworld book Based on the name, I had thought it was going to delve into detail about the fictional workings of the Discworld Like, say, how the giant turtle and the elephants stay alive outside of an atmosphere or how water on the Discworld gets replenished when it keeps falling off the disc If that last sentence makes it sound like I ve gone off the deep end, then you clearly haven t tried reading Discworld.The science in this book is actually about the real science of our own world, with a very thin Discworld story interspersed between the science bits The Discworld part of the story takes place in the Unseen University, where the wizards end up creating a simulation of the birth of a universe remarkably like ours, followed by many million years worth of evolution on roundworld , a planet that is also remarkably like ours Each short Discworld based chapter is then followed up with a science chapter discussing topics related to what s going on in the Discworld story.For the first 25% of this book, I wasn t sure I was going to make it through to the end The science parts were boring me to tears because they mostly covered either terribly basic concept...

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    Imagine sitting down to read a book from your favorite author At the end of the first chapter your friend takes away the book and replaces it with a transcript of the show Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson You like Cosmos and Mr Tyson is interesting so you read it At the first break, your friend takes away Cosmos and replaces it with the book by your favorite author that you had started reading Now imagine doing this 45 times and you have the idea behind The Science of Discworld.The Terry Pratchett book is The Lost Continent I believe and it gets interrupted at odd places because Mr Pratchett doesn t do chapters The science is presented in an interesting way by Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen but a lot of the chapters drag on especially when the Pratchett chapters fly by They ve made the effort to find relevant parts of the Pratchett book...

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    My girlfriend tried to buy this book for me while we were browsing a second hand bookshop I said No thanks and I said it firmly because I really don t like those series tie in books that people write which might have the original authors name on the cover but are actually written by second rate hacks hired by the publisher to milk the last drop of cash from the cow.Luckily my girlfriend ignored me completely and bought it anyway because this is not one of those books.This book doesn t try and give a scientific explanation for how a discworld could exist supported on the backs of four elephants or how discworld light ca...

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    Recommended for people who have had the following thoughts I ve heard a lot about this Discworld business, but I wish it had, like, science, you know I love Discworld, but I wish there was a book that was even of the wizards of Unseen University being dicks to each other I love popular science nonfiction, but what if I could read a fantasy novel at the same time The wizards of Unseen University and Rincewind have accidentally created a pocket universe, and in that universe is a world which, against all narrative good sense, appears to be round and not carried on the back of a turtle at all It runs on some simple rules and a bit of bloody minded stubbornness Every time our wizardly friends poke it with a stick, the authors jump in to explain the science of what happens, from the Big Bang to the evolution of humanity It s a brisk survey of the sciences, returning to the wizards every other chapter for some stick poking.The science bits draw heavily on a conceit they call lies to children, by which they mean the oversimplifications you use in teaching to introduce difficult concepts Things like the planetary model of the atom completely wrong, but pedagogically useful Lies to children aren t bad they re necessary But once you ve grasped the basics, the lie to children can ...

  9. says:

    Don t expect your typical lighthearted novel as you d normally get from Terry Pratchett Instead, you will find a hilarious, whimsical look at the deep scientific theories and explanations of how scientists believe our universe and world works If you ve avoided topics like gravitational forces, quantum theory or evolution, then this is the book for you Seriously.The magic of this book is how the authors take the unreality of Discworld and use it to show the reader how our universe and world work The wizards of Unseen University take us on a time traveling journey as they peer into our universe beginning at its inception and then periodically along the way until they glimpse us and then our possible future The beauty of this framework is how complex theories and scientific discoveries are broken down into manageable pieces of information.The authors dismiss the idea of God or gods in favor of evolutionary theory dropping in subtle remarks and even a few not so subtle quips While they admit to science being a huge amount of guessing and not knowing, the...

  10. says:

    First book I DNF d after 30% I wanted a good fiction and what we got was a class on the creation of the universe Eh, so disappointed.

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