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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 universeCan 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  


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 least one species that tried to get a grip of what was going on The Science of Discworld is a 1999 book by novelist Terry Pratchett and popular science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen The book alternates between a typically absurd Discworld story and serious scientific exposition after each chapterتاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه مارس سال 2016 میلادیدیسک ورلد دنیای دیسک یک سری کتابهای فانتزی هستند، که «تری پرچت»، نویسندهه ی انگلیسی، آنها را نوشته ‌است؛ داستان‌های این سری در جهانی با نام «دیسک‌ورلد» می‌گذرند، که صفحه ‌ای مسطح است، و بر روی شانه‌ های چهار فیل عظیم ‌الجثه قرار دارد؛ این فیل‌ها نیز، بر روی پشت یک «لاک‌پشت غول‌آسا»، با نام «آتوئین بزرگ» قرار دارند؛ در این سری، بارها از کتاب‌های نویسندگانی همچون «جیآرآر تالکین»، «رابرت هاوارد»، «اچپی لاوکرافت»، و «ویلیام شکسپیر»، به گونه ای خنده دار استفاده شده ‌است؛ از سری «دیسک‌ورلد» بیش از «هشتاد میلیون نسخه» در «سی و هفت زبان»، تا روز نگارش این نگاره به فروش رفته ‌اند؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 25041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


  2. says:

    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 have enjoyed this book even if I was younger


  3. says:

    Real review to follow Once upon a time there was Discworld There still is an adeuate 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 combined science and Discworld There is just NO WAY this book can disappoint me Not possible I am excited like I don't know insert your own favorite metaphor here Yi peee


  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 realThis isn't that sort of bookThe 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 itIn this story the wizards at the Unseen University at Ankh Morpork have a little problem Their thaumic reactor built in the middle of the suash 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 siphon off the massive amounts of magic being generated from splitting the thaum they channel the extra energy into the Roundworld Project Essentially they create a universe where magic and Narrativium do not exist It's a place that works on its own laws but unlike the Discworld it does not work towards any particular endOur universe as it turns outThe wizards watch our world form try to figure out the rules and watch it progress They see life emerge make its best effort towards intelligence and then get wiped out Over and overThe wizards give us an interesting perspective the creation of the universe and the evolution of intelligent life collapsed down to about a week They're able to use a kind of magical VR to watch things in real time but still they have a wide view of Earth history that allows commentary on the other part of the bookInterleaved with the Discworld story about the Project Stewart and Cohen talk about the science that the wizards are watching Where the stars came from how the moon got formed what primeval Earth might have looked like how life arose and most importantly how it managed to stick around for so longViewed on a long scale the Earth is not really a very hospitable place Giant rocks and snowballs falling from the sky every few million years ice ages and volcanic catastrophes disasters of nearly every imaginable magnitude Species rising flourishing and vanishing without so much as a ripple in the fossil record Nice pleasant weather like we have now is relatively rareAs Rincewind says This world is an anvil Everything here is between a rock and a hard place Every single thing on it is the descendant of creatures that have survived everything the world could throw at them I just hope they never get angryPratchett is a fantastic writer as we all know and somehow Stewart and Cohen manage to keep up with him The chapters on hard science are just as interesting and entertaining as those with the wizards They illuminate the concepts that the wizards don't understand There are no turtles anywhere and set you up for what will come next It's a rare book that can educate and entertain with consistency and this book achieves itNext up will be the followup books Let's see how they hold up


  5. says:

    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 DiscworldThe 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 to match up with relevant parts to the science that they want to discuss but sometimes its a stretchThe book was okay not sure I would recommended it and I certainly don't want to read the next two books in the series


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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 DiscworldThe 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 storyFor 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 concepts or entirely theoretical topics that I wasn’t very interested in reading about As it went on it got interesting although there were still scattered bits of boredom here and there If this had been a book about computer science I probably would have enjoyed the theoretical parts eually as well as the practical parts Actually even though it wasn’t at all the focus of the story computer science did get a few mentions here and there and I particularly enjoyed those parts When it comes to the natural sciences however my interest isn’t strong enough to sustain me through theory I enjoyed it when the authors discussed what we do know and why we think we know it whereas the various speculations about things we have no way of knowing for sure were frustrating to me than interestingThe Discworld part of the story was very short but amusing It served as a nice way to break up the science bits and provide some humor However the story had a major logical flaw that annoyed me to no end view spoilerIt’s supposed to be physically impossible for anybody to get into the Roundworld experiment but Hex is able to use suits to let people enter Roundworld virtually Rincewind is the first person made to try this and the luggage shows up physically in Roundworld supposedly following Rincewind there But Rincewind’s actual physical body is still in Unseen University There’s no logical reason that the luggage should have ended up inside the experiment It was only done as cheap story trick to allow the wizards to get materials to and from Roundworld by having them transported via the luggage hide spoiler


  7. says:

    Discworld runs on magic Roundworld runs on science I repeat Roundworld runs on science


  8. says:

    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 cowLuckily my girlfriend ignored me completely and bought it anyway because this is not one of those booksThis 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 can move slowly enough for you to watch it wash over the landscape Instead it describes our universe the solar system earth and the life on it through the eyes of people living on the discworld It does it darned well too


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    Recommended for people who have had the following thoughtsI'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 otherI 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 pokingThe 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 be swept away and replaced with the facts Except they aren't always which is where the authors of the book figure they come inI did notice some inaccuracies especially in the paleontology bits although I can't entirely decide whether to chalk them up to the book being published 14 years ago or actually being wrong And in the molecular biology bits my actual area of expertise there were some lies to children that never actually got corrected But in fairness the book's already 400 pages long They didn't have timeIn spite of all that I enthusiastically recommend this book It's fun You don't get someone like Terry Pratchett every century but the science chapters are almost as cheeky and entertaining as the fiction bits Rating there's 3 books in the series and my birthday is in October please and thank


  10. 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 uantum theory or evolution then this is the book for you SeriouslyThe 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 informationThe authors dismiss the idea of God or gods in favor of evolutionary theory dropping in subtle remarks and even a few not so subtle uips While they admit to science being a huge amount of guessing and not knowing they refuse to admit the possibility of a CreatorThe content is such that young readers would really be lost and even many teens would find this hard to understand The only curse word doesn't even count in my book because it really was used in context Sex comes up uite often but only as it relates as a motivational factor for animals I'd say this book is really suited to older teens and adults regardless if they are familiar with Terry Pratchett's works or not