The Science of Discworld

When a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands: Roundworld. 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 singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet.

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. 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.

Review:

The hard science is as gripping as the fiction The Times An irreverent but genuinely profound romp through the history and philosophy of science, cunningly disguised as a collection of funny stories about wizards and mobile luggage. More that that, it offers a fresh look at the place that humans hold in the history of the planet -- Richard Wentk Frontiers
Author:
Jack S. Cohen Terry Pratchett Ian Stewart
Format:
Paperback

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When a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands: Roundworld. 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 singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet.

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. 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.

Review:

The hard science is as gripping as the fiction The Times An irreverent but genuinely profound romp through the history and philosophy of science, cunningly disguised as a collection of funny stories about wizards and mobile luggage. More that that, it offers a fresh look at the place that humans hold in the history of the planet -- Richard Wentk Frontiers

Product details

Author:
Ian Stewart, Terry Pratchett, Jack S. Cohen
Publisher:
Random House Group
Imprint:
Ebury
Edition:
2nd revised edition
ISBN:
9780091886578
Audience:
General
Pages:
416
Width (mm):
110
Length (mm):
178
Additional Info:
Terry Pratchett is the bestselling author of the Discworld novels. Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. Jack Cohen is a biologist and science writer.
Weight (g):
227

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