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The Science of Discworld IV | [Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen]

The Science of Discworld IV

The fourth book in the Science of Discworld series, and this time around dealing with the really big questions, Terry Pratchett’s brilliant new Discworld story Judgement Day is annotated with very big footnotes (the interleaving chapters) by mathematician Ian Stewart and biologist Jack Cohen, to bring you a mind-mangling combination of fiction, cutting-edge science and philosophy.Marjorie Daw is a librarian, and takes her job – and indeed the truth of words – very seriously. She doesn’t know it, but her world and ours – Roundworld – is in big trouble.
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The fourth book in the Science of Discworld series, and this time around dealing with the really big questions, Terry Pratchett’s brilliant new Discworld story Judgement Day is annotated with very big footnotes (the interleaving chapters) by mathematician Ian Stewart and biologist Jack Cohen, to bring you a mind-mangling combination of fiction, cutting-edge science and philosophy.

Marjorie Daw is a librarian, and takes her job – and indeed the truth of words – very seriously. She doesn’t know it, but her world and ours – Roundworld – is in big trouble. On Discworld, a colossal row is brewing…The Wizards of Unseen University feel responsible for Roundworld (as one would for a pet gerbil). After all, they brought it into existence by bungling an experiment in Quantum ThaumoDynamics. But legal action is being brought against them by Omnians, who say that the Wizards’ god-like actions make a mockery of their noble religion.

As the finest legal brains in Discworld (a zombie and a priest) gird their loins to do battle – and when the Great Big Thing in the High Energy Magic Laboratory is switched on – Marjorie Daw finds herself thrown across the multiverse and right in the middle of the whole explosive affair.

As God, the Universe and, frankly, Everything Else is investigated by the trio, you can expect world-bearing elephants, quantum gravity in the Escher-verse, evolutionary design, eternal inflation, dark matter, disbelief systems – and an in-depth study of how to invent a better mousetrap.

©2013 Terry and Lyn Pratchett, Joat Enterprises and Jack Cohen 2013 (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Richard
    Weston Super Mare, United Kingdom
    12/29/13
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    "More of the strange blend, of fact, and disk world"
    If you could sum up The Science of Discworld IV in three words, what would they be?

    Magic Meets Science


    What other book might you compare The Science of Discworld IV to, and why?

    More from the ongoing sieres, of disk world science. A parallel to the disk world books, including a lot of actual information on (our) round world science. It gives the diskworld fan an insight into the mind of the writer, and some interesting facts.


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  • Allen
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Very good read but..."
    Would you listen to The Science of Discworld IV again? Why?

    Very interesting bit of info, too much to take in one go


    What other book might you compare The Science of Discworld IV to, and why?

    Previous "of discworld" booms


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Discovering what roundworld is and how it formed


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

    A very funny piece, chooses its comedy wisely,


    Any additional comments?

    Very good read, is a little too based in reality with reference to discworld, I expected it to bathe other way round

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