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  • Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe | Ian Stewart

    Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ian Stewart
    • Narrated By Dana Hickox
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    In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extraterrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid.

    Gregory says: "Fine book, mrs malaprop for a reader"
  • The Science of Discworld: A Novel | Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen

    The Science of Discworld: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
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    Not just another science audiobook and not just another Discworld novella, The Science of Discworld is a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard’s-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.

    Rachel says: "Not the best Pratchett, but gets there in the end"
  • Judgment Day: Science of Discworld IV: A Novel | Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen

    Judgment Day: Science of Discworld IV: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
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    Marjorie Dawe 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 the 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "very entertaining and thought provoking."
  • The Globe: The Science of Discworld II: A Novel | Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen

    The Globe: The Science of Discworld II: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Steven Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Globe goes beyond science to explore the development of the human mind. Terry Pratchett and his acclaimed co-authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen combine the tale of the wizards rewriting human history with discussions of the origins and evolution of culture, language, art, and science, offering a fascinating and brilliantly original view of the world we live in.

    G. Fischer says: "Sneaky Science"
  • Darwin's Watch: The Science of Discworld III: A Novel | Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen

    Darwin's Watch: The Science of Discworld III: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures that lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated, and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail.

    Lenore Pemberton says: "Good"
  • The Science of Discworld: Revised Edition | Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen

    The Science of Discworld: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
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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.

    Siri says: "The science"
  • The Science of Discworld IV | Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen

    The Science of Discworld IV

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton
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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.

    James says: "A classic theology of atheism. Pick what suits"
  • Letters to a Young Mathematician: Art of Mentoring | Ian Stewart

    Letters to a Young Mathematician: Art of Mentoring

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ian Stewart
    • Narrated By Jason Huggins
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    Mathematician Ian Stewart tells listeners what he wishes he had known when he was a student. He takes up subjects ranging from the philosophical to the practical-what mathematics is and why it’s worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many others.

    Jean says: "An Introduction to a mathamatician"
  • The Science of Discworld II: The Globe | Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen

    The Science of Discworld II: The Globe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
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    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.

    Vlad S. says: "Amazing book (not a Discworld nowel)"
  • The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch | Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen

    The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
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    Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail.

    Jarno says: "A good popular science book, paired with fantasy"
  • Nature's Numbers | Ian Stewart

    Nature's Numbers

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ian Stewart
    • Narrated By Ian Stewart
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    A bite-sized mathematical sightseeing tour of the natural world from the author of The Magical Maze. Why do many flowers have five or eight petals, but very few six or seven? Why do snowflakes have sixfold symmetry? Why do tigers have stripes but leopards have spots? Mathematics is to nature as Sherlock Holmes is to evidence. Mathematics can look at a single snowflake and deduce the atomic geometry of its crystals; it can start with a violin string and uncover the existence of radio waves.

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