The Science of Discworld

The Science of Discworld

by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen

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ISBN-13: 9780804168946
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Series: Science of Discworld Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 285,006
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series. He has been appointed OBE and a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature.

IAN STEWART is a Fellow of the Royal Society, professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick, and author of numerous books on math and popular science, as well as science fiction novels co-authored with Jack Cohen.

JACK COHEN is a professor of biology and honorary professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick, and has co-authored several books with Ian Stewart.

Hometown:

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England

Education:

Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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The Science of Discworld 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all this is NOT a Discworld book. If you are looking for a Discworld novel try elsewhere.Second - if you are looking for a popular science book, only read this after you have read soem Discworld books. You need to know the world beforehand.This is not as the title claims a book about the science of the Discworld. This is book about the science of our world using the Discworld as a parody of to try and a) sell more books, b) illustrate woolly thinking c) emphasize some science.Personally, even though I love nearly all of the Discworld books, I don't think the characters add anything to this. Ian and Jaxk have a persusive voice of their own and the parody of the Wizards casting a parody of our world is stretching things too far, without adding anything.'The science' covered includes the beginnging of the universe, through to the formation of the earth and the emergence of life upon it - with a conclusion as to what the future might bring.A lot of time is spent carefully explaining how science works as a process and why common sense often doesn't. This is the most applicable lesson to be got from this book, and it is worth reading just for this.First published in '99 it is now 8 years out of date. Much of the science is still more or less correct but there are now several new theories. However as a primer this is a worthy read, and it povides a key background to several important topics.
Lyn.S.Soussi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THIS is how Science should be taught... I learnt more about quantum reading this book than in the whole of my technical training put together.. Awesome.
Boost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Real world science mixed in with a Discworld Book. The Wizards create and play with a round-world to see how it would evolve.
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Awsome