Science of Discworld
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  • 1
    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
    Overall
    (66)
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    (62)
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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

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

    Reviewed on October 26 2014 by Siri (Tromsø, Norway)
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    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (285)
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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.

    Not the best Pratchett, but gets there in the end

    As other reviewers have said, this is really two books, a non-fiction brief history of time/evolution kind of thing with sarcastic jokes thrown in eve..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 30 2014 by Rachel (YAKIMA, WA, United States)
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    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
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
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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.

    Amazing book (not a Discworld nowel)

    I'd listen to this and previous book because it is too many facts to grasp at once

    Reviewed on September 25 2012 by Vlad S. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
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    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
    Overall
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    Performance
    (161)
    Story
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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.

    Sneaky Science

    If you expected just another Diskworld novel, you've come to the wrong place.
    The actual story is slim and the Diskworld bits are short.
    If yo..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 31 2015 by G. Fischer (VA, USA)
  • 3
    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
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    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.

    A good popular science book, paired with fantasy

    This book is pretty difficult to classify - as a popular science book, it touches on subjects ranging from cosmology to evolution, with history of sci..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 09 2013 by Jarno (Helsinki, Finland)
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    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
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    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.

    Incredible as always.

    Last science chapter was a little colonialist (awkwardly pro-British and full of plaint savor how awesome British schooling USED to be, but world is e..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 06 2016 by Stacy Jean ()
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    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
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
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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.

    A classic theology of atheism. Pick what suits

    Methodology that is encased in the exact thing it portrays to abhor. Decides all religious leanings are the same and is, as pompous as could be.
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    Reviewed on November 14 2016 by James ()
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    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
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    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.

    12 hours of lectures and only 1 hour of story

    Very disappointed. So little of this is actual Discworld fiction. Wish I had known that. I'd really like my money back.

    Reviewed on November 15 2016 by MZ (Claremont, CA USA)