The Science of Discworld (2020)

The Science of Discworld Terry Pratchett Ian Stewart Jack Cohen 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 tha
  • Title: The Science of Discworld
  • Author: Terry Pratchett Ian Stewart Jack Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780804168946
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover
The Science of Discworld Terry Pratchett Ian Stewart Jack Cohen 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 sNot 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.
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  1. Nataliya

    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 favorite things combin [...]

  2. Chris

    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 [...]

  3. George

    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 chapters But I would enjoy this book even if I was younger.

  4. YouKneeK

    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 abo [...]

  5. Tristia Watson

    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 Pratche [...]

  6. Criticalsock

    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 gi [...]

  7. Alexa Billow

    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, aga [...]

  8. Sesana

    Although I loved the book, the title is maybe a little misleading Unlike The Science of Star Trek or The Science of Harry Potter, which will explain in exhaustive detail how it might be scientifically possible to build a transporter or a flying broom, The Science of Discworld uses the wizards of Discworld to explain science in our world Which on the Disc is called Roundworld, and is a wizard s experiment to see how a world without magic or narrativium works.There s no attempt to explain anything [...]

  9. Ralph McEwen

    I think this is a really good book I was surprised to find that it had alternating chapters of Discworld focus entertainment and our real world focus science I think many people would enjoy this Discworld portion and get a better grasp of what science can and can not accomplish by reading this book I would get a kick out of seeing this book listed in the bibliography of some high school science report There is enough real information to be used in that manner I think this format of teach a chapt [...]

  10. Dan

    There are a ton of these auxiliary Discworld books out there, and most of them have typically been difficult to find Luckily, it looks like they re getting easier to track down, which is exciting.I wasn t sure what to expect opening the book, but I m happy with how it was presented alternating chapters of the Wizards who I never felt had enough books in the latter half of Pratchett s writings and a deep dive into a pop science topic While the information in many cases is already dated , I still [...]

  11. Cyk

    OKt off I d like too point out i have a slightly better than average grasp on the 3 main sciencesbut only slightlye science isn t really dumbed down much, but even if that fly s right over your head the comedy is still gold and worth a reade way Terry wrote this was in alternating chapters, one with stories of our science, then one with the sciences from the last chapter looked at and explained from the point of view of the diskworld wizards looking at it in a bottle.i guarantee you won t look a [...]

  12. Gabriele Russo

    This was a fun way to learn about evolution and space Sadly, it did not make me of an environmentalist as it pretty much agreed with my take on all this humans can destroy themselves, but not the planet The reverse, however, might well be true

  13. Bronwyn

    Really fun Alternates chapters between the wizards at UU and chapters about the actual science and history of what s happening on Roundworld A good way to get basic science history and still have a fun Discworld story.

  14. Katherine

    Super fun book Chapters rotate through history of science and a fun origin story of our world via Discworld, a lovely fantasy world.

  15. KennethReads

    First of all, I would like to say that after the first 10 chapters, I decided to skip every Earthen science chapter I found all these science chapters to be incredibly tedious and boring.Therefore, this review will mainly be my thoughts on the other portion of the book Spoiler Free POSITIVE ASPECTS The characters in this book were phenomenal They re so entertaining and hilarious The humor in this book is actually funny I laughed out loud several times NEGATIVE ASPECTS Obviously, I hated the scie [...]

  16. Silent_count

    I wonder if math and sciences would be popular if they had writers of Pratchett s quality to write the textbooks I mean, a phone book provides information but isn t exactly pleasurable to read, much like many textbooks I ve come across which are undoubtedly informative but dull and utterly unenjoyable Would there be for example biologists if the writing quality of the textbooks were such that students would want to read them rather than being forced to by a teacher or parent Therein lies the m [...]

  17. Amelia Brogan

    It almost feels like a betrayal of the Discworld fandom to give this book a mediocre three star rating, but honestly I didn t enjoy it very much Normally I ll devour a Pratchett book in a few hours and delight in every moment This one took me a week and a half, and felt like a slog The reason for this is that it s not just a Pratchett book it s a Pratchett book split up into chapters which are interspersed with science lectures The science is interesting and Steward and Cohen make an effort to m [...]

  18. K.

    From the true beginning of the universe to the end of humanity The Science of Discworld takes us through this journey in 2 ways First is via our own beginnings from the big bang, the creation of atoms, the creation of worlds, the evolution of life the evolution of intelligence The second is comparing this through a parallel narrative set in the Unseen University where the wizards are studying a newly formed universe in a ball This is to help our own mind boggling science seem a little easier to [...]

  19. Nick Gotch

    This is a wonderfully fun science book It takes s different approach than most science of type books Instead of trying to explain the science behind the story Universe, The Science of Discworld has the wizards of Unseen University create their own little baby Universe and watch it evolve.The book works by switching back and forth between the story narrative and explaining the science of the real world, aka Roundworld It s a delightfully fresh approach and has a satisfying effect.The science in t [...]

  20. Joe Kendall

    So you may be wondering how a book can be both fantasy and non fiction Well Terry Pratchett and his co writers have done it here This book is a short story cobbled together by Pratchett while Ian Stewart and Jack Cohan wrote about sciency stuff between the chapters Actually there was much science then there was Disc world story That was probably a good thing even though I love love love Terry Pratchett , the story just wasn t very engaging But the science and explanations of our universe and wo [...]

  21. Benny

    If you are considering delving into the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, I would suggest starting here first Not only will it give some insight as to the authors point of view, it will actually explain the scientific plausibility of many of the fantastic ideas he explores I describe this series to my friends and family as if Monty Python had written Harry Potter I think it was Arthur C Clarke who said that Technology, sufficient advanced, is indistinguishable from magic Pratchett, simply put [...]

  22. Corey

    This is not about how science works in Diskworld, as the author says that would be silly It is a walk through of scientific discoveries and conceptions of cosmology taken from an outside perspective the lens of the Diskworld magicians in their parallel academia.It is about how human narratives and expectations channel how and what we study, how we perceive our results, and what our expectations are It is about how we are taught science, what he calls lies to children and how we maintain them, an [...]

  23. Angelica

    For some reason, I was under the impression that this book was a collection of short stories set on Discworld I m not sure why I thought that.While it s definitely not what I expected duh , it was a very enjoyable read I love Pratchett s way of reading, he can make anything interesting And, being a major science nerd, the subject was already interesting to me Maybe it was a very superficial approach to the science, but it gives you a very good, general idea of astronomy and physics at least the [...]

  24. Gavin

    Two of my favourite things, Discworld and science, got married Naturally, their child is bright eyed, good humoured, and a lot of fun I was skeptical of the two co authors at first but they were continuously brilliant and insightful Science can be rather bleak sometimes it was nice to have some cheeky interjections I give this 4 rather than 5 stars, because the blend between the Discworld story and the scientific commentary was less seamless than I would have liked.

  25. Nen Simmons

    The format of this book a chapter of a discworld story, followed by a chapter of a popular science book on the origins of earth made it impossible to get in to It s a shame, because I probably would have enjoyed both books, had I read them separately The writing is excellent and witty, the plot of the discworld story is good, and the science is accessible without being too basic But I hated the format.

  26. Julia

    Well wasn t bad I guess I just don t like to read sciency stuff and the only thing that made it bearable was, of course, the Wizards and their way of dealing with stuff I think a short book about the Wizards creating the Round planet would ve been much interesting.

  27. Jenna

    3.5 StarsGotta admit that I skimmed the science chapters and focused on the Discworld Unseen University ones But it was still interesting and I liked the concept.

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