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The Science of Discworld Audiobook

The Science of Discworld: Revised Edition

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.
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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. . .

©1999 Terry and Lyn Pratchett, Joat Enterprises, Jack Cohen (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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    Miika Kotka, Finland 09/09/2012
    Miika Kotka, Finland 09/09/2012 Member Since 2014
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    "Micge"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Stroud, United Kingdom 16/06/2012
    Clare Stroud, United Kingdom 16/06/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J Forest Row, United Kingdom 09/04/2013
    J Forest Row, United Kingdom 09/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "great mix"

    a great mix of disc world story and real life science. explains where some of the ideas for disc world came from. The science is very informative but written in a way that is easy to understand. The disc world parts have Terry Pratchetts normal humor. Mainly set in unseen university with the wizards.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deb1066 06/05/2016
    Deb1066 06/05/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "If I wanted a physics lesson ..."

    It's rare for me to not finish a book but this was the most boring book ever. Apologies to the narrator because this isn't a criticism of your reading, purely the material. This book had totally put me off terry pratchett discworld series.

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    Mr C. 01/12/2015
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    "Surprisingly Dense!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Science of Discworld the most enjoyable?

    This is everything you would expect from the characters of unseen university applying their methods, and narrative luck in creating our universe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Archchancellor Ridcully is always a favourite, as he bumbles along with an air of being above is staff, but always enjoys sinking to their level.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs and Michael Fenton Stevens – was your favourite?

    Rincewind's downtrodden demeanour comes across fantastically as with all of Stephen's Briggs' performances.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    That's a slightly odd question as it's not really an emotional book, but it certainly did make me laugh throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely not something to have on in the background and well worth a re-listen as it's absolutely crammed full of the scientific principles and theories that govern our round world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    X. Luo UK 13/08/2015
    X. Luo UK 13/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written and read. Love every word."

    I enjoyed the story very much so bought second book upon finishing the first one. It is mind opening and highly entertaining.

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    ross 22/06/2015
    ross 22/06/2015
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    "Science or fiction ?"

    I did actually read this when it was just released, but found it Very heavy going! In audio format you tend to concentrate more as you can't keep 're reading sentences, so you try harder to take it in first time! also you are not bogged down by pronunciation leaving you again free to take it in first time! on the whole I preferred the second book, due to more of a story about the wizards, discworld and how it relates to"roundworld" ! I really felt obliged to revisit them ALL in order now there will be no more...

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    Philip Croydon, United Kingdom 12/03/2014
    Philip Croydon, United Kingdom 12/03/2014 Member Since 2012

    I listen rather than read on train journeys as I can't stand being jostled by other travelers, and walking & listening is so easy

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    "Fun extensions to the Discworld series"

    This series of books is a "must" for Discworld fans, the way it switches between the fact based information and the story is good, bringing the background of scientific fact together with the short story that is written specifically for these books

    They all seem to be based around the time frame of the recent book, so they try to carry on with the characters in the Unseen University and give a spin on what's happening around them, having a running overall story-line between the books

    If you love the Discworld characters, especially the wizards, then this book and the follow ups are definitely worth a listen - Stephen Briggs is as brilliant as he is with all of the Discworld books, and Michael Fenton Stephens has a great way of conveying the facts explained in the books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Morriss Hampshire, UK 20/08/2013
    P. Morriss Hampshire, UK 20/08/2013 Member Since 2007
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    "Discworld/The wizards explain science"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Science of Discworld to be better than the print version?

    I have always been a fan of both Discworld and science, Pratchett, Stewart and Cohen manage to explain non-trivial scientific concepts in ways that are easy to understand.

    Warning: Contains science :) But more importantly, the wizards of the Unseen University make a welcome return.

    More science than story, but when there is a story, Terry Pratchett is on the money with the humour.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wizards of unseen university


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs and Michael Fenton Stevens ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    As good as any other, he is a very good narrator.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Manages to capture the humour and joy that Terry Pratchett radiates in his books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Smith 13/04/2013
    Phil Smith 13/04/2013
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    "Great stuff"

    A really intelligent book that mixes the fantasy of the discworld with the magic of real world science. Really enjoyed the humour and would recommend this to Discworld fans as well as others.

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    "The science"

    Discworld and its magic, meat Round world and its science. How can you not love it?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Samuel
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    03/01/13
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    "Combines Knowledge Bombs with humor and Discworld"

    If there is any trilogy I can recommend to a fan of humor, fantasy or Discworld, it would inevitably be the Science of Discworld series.

    Co-written by Pratchett (Narrative) Stewart (Science) and Cohen (Science), The science of Discworld offers an amusing but insightful perspective into our beliefs, our knowledge, and our behaviors.

    One friend of mine described it as the Ketamine of the book world. You begin to analyse yourself for the behaviors mentioned in the book, and to grasp at how ultimate and expansive this universe is.

    Great work of scientific art.

    Enjoy :).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
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    "Science and lies to children"

    Mostly focuses on the science of our universe, with a side of wizard shenanigans. Some rather heavy detail in the science part so you will need basic understanding science to get most of it. The wizards parts are classic Pratchett, and therefore very entertaining.

    The narrators are excellent and Stevens does a good job performing the science parts while Briggs handles story.

    Contains a balanced view of opposing scientific theories, and will forever be remembered for the "Lies to children" term.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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