The Science of Discworld (The Science of Discworld #1) - Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart 7.76   4

In the fantasy universe of the phenomenally best-selling 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 doesn't.

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 the story from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond. We discover how puny and insignificant 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...


Release date 1999

Details updated August 18, 2021

Rate this book
Choose a shelf for this book

The Science of Discworld :: Series

Series contains 4 primary works and has 4 total works.

Belongs to the series Discworld

The Science of Discworld (The Science of Discworld #1) 7.76   4
The Globe (The Science of Discworld #2) 7.00   5
Darwin's Watch (The Science of Discworld #3) 7.00   3
Judgement Day (The Science of Discworld #4) 8.00   1

Community Reviews & Rates

Lis
Lis
1043 ratings
0 reviews
0 posts
October 4, 2013
Gave 7 / 10 rating to this book
Mikael Kinanen
Mikael Kinanen
56 ratings
0 reviews
0 posts
July 30, 2012
Gave 10 / 10 rating to this book
Jussi
Jussi
1535 ratings
0 reviews
132 posts
April 9, 2012
Gave 8 / 10 rating to this book