The acclaimed Science of Discworld centred on an original Pratchett story about the Wizards of Discworld. In it they accidentally witnessed the creation and evolution of our universe, a plot which was interleaved with a Cohen & Stewart non-fiction narrative about Big Science. In The Science of Discworld II our authors join forces again to see just what happens when the wizards meddle with history in a battle against the elves for the future of humanity on Earth. London is replaced by a dozy Neanderthal village.
The Renaissance is given a push. The role of fat women in art is developed. And one very famous playwright gets born and writes The Play. Weaving together a fast-paced Discworld novelette with cutting-edge scientific commentary on the evolution and development of the human mind, culture, language, art, and science, this is a book in which 'the hard science is as gripping as the fiction'. (The Times)
©2002 Terry and Lyn Pratchett, Joat Enterprises, Jack Cohen (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
A warm and friendly book that has fun along the way and doesn't take its self too seriously. The Big Science bit ambles along with a nudge and a wink, the Fantasy side adds a respectful nod and gets on with what makes it sell millions. But bear in mind that this is not a DiscWorld book.
TSoD Pt 1 was a bit of a good natured panel debate between two opposing camps. Pt 2 is an out and out collusion but absolutely none the worse and all for the better for that.
love this book! education without the boredom of reading through textbooks
not the best
learning can amuse you!
Great book to open your mind with. Plus its still a discworld book which are brilliant can not wait to read the rest of the series.
Cracking book. Wonderfully narrated. Mixture of comedy and science. Enthralling from beginning to end. Would highly recommend.
"Amazing book (not a Discworld nowel)"
I'd listen to this and previous book because it is too many facts to grasp at once
Please, do not compare it to other Discworld books. This is not a novel at all. This is more a textbook, about scientific point of view on things, rather than novel. It is not about wizards, it is about Earth nature, people, evolution etc
Science of Discworld is amazing books about science of our world. Not just facts. It is great introduction into modern science world-view. Highly recommended for high school kids, may be university students. Great job, Terry and company.
"They've smothered my Pratchett!!!"
I found It very hard to rate this book because to me it's like two books meshed together in some horrible "The Fly" like teleporter accident! One was an entertaining and as usual funny Terry Pratchett novel. The other was a book which, if I read it on it's own, I may have enjoyed as a quirky take on the history of earth sciences. When I bought it I thought the science would be a compliment to the novel but there's so much of it, it's burying my Pratchett! and that is a sin that can not be forgiven. I'd give the discworld part 9 stars but the annoyance of having to dig it out has reduced that to 7. They should try publishing the novel part as a stand alone work.
"Not Really a Discworld Book"
Brief flashes of the Wizards of UU interspersed with a LOT of pseudoscience loosely based on past Discworld books.. If you are looking for a ton of details on L space, look no further. If you are looking for a Discworld book, look elsewhere.
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