The Science of Discworld : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
  • Narrated by Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Series: Discworld
  • 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the 'fantasy' universe of the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series, everything runs on magic and common sense. The world is flat and million-to-one chances happen nine times out of ten. Our world seems different - it runs on rules, often rather strange ones. Science is our way of finding out what those rules are. The appeal of Discworld is that it mostly makes sense, in a way that particle physics does not. The Science of Discworld uses the magic of Discworld to illuminate the scientific rules that govern our world. When 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. Roundworld is, of course, our own universe. With us inside it(eventually). Guided (if that's the word) by the wizards, we follow its story from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond. 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 on what was going on. . .


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Discworld for the Scientists

I was always a bit averse to the discworld borne solely from an ignorant bias toward science fiction rather than fantasy. little did I know that Terry Pratchett is sympathetic to the scientifically minded when it comes to fantasy and his down to earth, common sense approach is refreshing, hilarious and deoply thought provoking. A great listen for anyone who wants a scientific invitation into popular science and the discworld at large.
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- James

not your average disk world book but a must 4 fans

not your average disk world book but a must for any disk world fan who wants to learn more about the way the author thinks and about the disk world.
thoroughly enjoyed it. even the science
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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks