Science of Discworld Series

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278 ratings

The Science of Discworld Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • The Science of Discworld

    • Revised Edition
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The science

    • By Siri on 10-26-14

    Regular price: $25.58

    • The Science of Discworld

    • A Novel
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 449
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 403

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not the best Pratchett, but gets there in the end

    • By Rachel on 07-30-14

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 2

    • The Science of Discworld II: The Globe

    • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing book (not a Discworld nowel)

    • By Vlad S. on 09-25-12

    Regular price: $25.58

    • The Globe

    • The Science of Discworld II: A Novel
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated by: Steven Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sneaky Science

    • By G. Fischer on 03-31-15

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 3

    • The Science of Discworld III

    • Darwin's Watch
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good popular science book, paired with fantasy

    • By Jarno on 01-09-13

    Regular price: $24.00

    • Darwin's Watch

    • The Science of Discworld III: A Novel
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good

    • By Lenore Pemberton on 02-20-17

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 4

    • The Science of Discworld IV

    • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A classic theology of atheism. Pick what suits

    • By James on 11-14-16

    Regular price: $26.17

    • Judgment Day

    • Science of Discworld IV: A Novel
    • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • There is nothing wrong with being an Atheist

    • By Devon King on 01-31-18

    Regular price: $31.50