Terry Pratchett is one of the most successful authors in Britain today. His 26th Discworld novel was published in Ian Stewart won the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Medal for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science. Jack Cohen is a biologist and science writer and long-time collaborator of Ian Stewart.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. The acclaimed Science of Discworld centred around an original Pratchett story about the Wizards of Discworld. 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. The Renaissance is given a push. The role of fat women in art is developed.
And one very famous playwright gets born and writes The Play. Weaving together a fast-paced Discworld novelette with cutting-edge scientific commentary on the evolution and development of the human mind, culture, language, art, and science, this is a book in which 'the hard science is as gripping as the fiction'. Read more Read less. Customers who bought this item also bought.
Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Science of Discworld: A Novel Science of Discworld Series. Science of Discworld IV: The Science of Discworld IV: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The Science of Discworld II: The Light Fantastic Discworld. Review "A book in which the hard science is as gripping as the fiction" The Times "Superb, neatly fulfilling its goal of introducing science without being boring of didactic. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention terry pratchett science of discworld stewart and cohen unseen university origin of species discworld series wizards of unseen theology of species cohen and stewart haines ottawa ottawa canada stephen haines discworld books darwin watch years ago charles darwin living things make sure science chapters much better. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I enjoyed reading the science parts of all three books, although the first, the "Science of Discworld" and the third, this one, did not enlighten me much.
The second, the "Globe" was better for me in terms of popular science, because I found things that filled in the gaps in my knowledge very nicely. If you are looking for another Discworld novel that you missed, make sure that you get the first two Science of Discworld books and read the story from the beginning. Combination of the fantasy portions of the three books make up a complete novel.
Another fun to read Discworld novel, with a great deal of irreverent and intelligent humour. The scientists, Stewart and Cohen do their best within the confines and limitations of the Discworld novel. They changed the format in the Darwin's Watch, mixing the science with the story line raher than as separate chapters as in the frst two books. I preferred the original format which actually allowed me to use the books as reference volumes for simple science that I could explain to the less educationally endowed in my immediate environment. If you are looking for a treatise on evolution, pro or con, this is not the book for you.
If you are searching for evidence to back up your beliefs either way, do not bother to buy this book. Buy the book because you like Terry Pratchett's humor, because you are curious, because these are interesting examples of a different approach to literary science rather than popular science , because you also like to read books which do not require to be read at one sitting.
Keep the book at your bed-side to read a chapter or two before going to sleep, or at your desk to check for something interesting or something funny or something you do not remember which relates to the world and its people and nature. And, please, do not take it down the rabbit hole. The wizards of the Unseen University are the last people anyone would wish to consider as "intelligent" interventionists. One person found this helpful.
I am generally a fan of Terry Pratchett's work and loved the preceding merging of a Discworld story with basic scientific explanations. Sadly, as interesting as elements of the science chapters were, they became horribly tedious, rambling, and repetitive even before they got to the section on Judaism. Like many assimilated Jews, they regard Judaism with an intense and deeply irrational paranoia. Before I continue, I should point out that I am in not way related to Jews or an adherent to Judaism.
I just think that many Jews fail to understand Judaism in its intellectual and historical context. As fascinating as a short story about a scientist using logic circuits to evolve a more advanced means of replicating a signal, the section on Pan Narrans deviated from a discussion of humans advancing by telling stories an idea I am intrigued by as a student of History and into a lengthy and frequently absurd complaint against Judaism.
I think much if has to do with Mr. I seriously doubt any similar complaints would be issued against Bhaal, Marduk, or Jupiter. The general gist of the complaints were that Judaism: Given that the authors, like Mr. Pratchett, are atheists, these are likely key elements of their generalized view of all religion. As a student of History as I do not have a PhD or a specialized job, I cannot call myself a historian , I know that the various religions in the past not to mention present were very different. Not least of these differences was human sacrifice. Almost every society in human history has practiced human sacrifice as a legitimate means of honoring or bartering with the "gods".
Judaism and the Romans for different reasons was radically different. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
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The full benefit is gained by endeavouring through both parts The "Science of Discworld" series can be a very challenging read. Also , my order for reading series was very similar to Mr. The planet Earth has picked up a parasitic life form — elves. The book concludes with: It's unfair to expect that, true, but it's always painful when you're reading a book and all you can do is wish you were reading a different book a second time. The science parts, as with the first book, focus heavily on theory and origin topics whereas I would have preferred a heavier emphasis o My reaction to the second Science of Discworld book is similar to my reaction to the first.
You may also find that some things you thought were true aren't quite and your own knowledge in need of the provided updating. That said, a caveat as to what you'll be getting into: The titles and front covers are slightly deceptive marketing ploys. The publisher is well aware that there's a huge market demographic that will buy anything with Terry Pratchett's name on it, doubly so if accompanied by "Discworld.
In fact, Pratchett's contribution amounts to four related short stories spread in alternate chapters throughout the books. The bulk of the volumes are a discussion of our Earth's "Roundworld" science, occasionally taking cues from the antics of Pratchett's Discworld characters. That's not to say you won't be getting your money's worth. Stewart and Cohen are excellent authors in their own right with numerous popular science and science fiction books to their credit.
With Pratchett's help they make the history and philosophy of science and its methods entertaining as well as educational. For me, at least, their chapters were every bit as much "page turners" as Pratchett's contribution. The "some violence" rating is because, over the long haul, the Earth is a violent place with earthquakes, meteor strikes, ice ages, etc. There is practically no human on human violence in the book.
One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I love Pratchett's Discworld series, but this one really took me by surprise. When it says "The Science of Discworld", it's understating the case. This is a densely scientific work with a bit of my hero Rincewind and the wizards thrown in here and there for comic relief. I didn't finish it, because I was wanting straight humor. But I may look at it again in honor of Mr. Pratchett's genius, may he rest in peace. I am so sad Terry Pratchett has passed away..
I was in a funk for several days and then I chugged into another of his books. However, I cannot be called on of his juvenile readers and I doubt very much he would worry too much about that. I am 82 and am enjoying many of his works I had not read previously. I also have a gaggle of young men one is in college now who are nuts about his writings.
This informative and provocative volume is a great continuation if the Pratchett legacy. The story is interleaved with scientific and philosophical discourse that often makes me stop to think things over. This volume is a better start into the series than vol I, which I put down and didn't pick back up til I read this one.
I prefer the Discworld fiction to this more fact-based series, but since the tragic death of Sir Pterry, I'll read anything I can find on his intricate and wonderful creation. One person found this helpful. Not just a Discworld book, but one with science. The back and forth between the Discworld plot and the science commentary was interesting at first, and for me it became a bit much.
This is a good book for adults who like Discworld and science, but it might turn younger readers who like Discworld off.