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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Science has never been this entertaining. Complex themes are well presented, then dissected and lastly presented in Discworld terms. Had a happy smile the whole way through and many things make much more sense now.
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- Miika

Science and The Short Story

I have to say that, while I did enjoy this I did find some of the science a little hard to follow. But it was still good to listen to. It alternates, one chapter of science, then one chapter of a short story on the wizards, science, wizards, ect… And because of how audible has set this up, one chapter per track, you can skip all the science and just have the story if you want to.

A nice addition to my Disc World collection, magic meets science, and it turns out the two might not be so different, though magic makes more sense. This book also contains a good collection of boffin like phrases to memorise and impress friends with, just as long as they don’t ask you to explain any of them.

Over all a good book, a nice short story and a good chance that a bit of scientific knowledge might have lodge in ones brain by the time you get to end of it.
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- Clare

Book Details

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