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text 2017-12-09 14:22
Reading progress update: I've read 136 out of 414 pages.
The Science of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

Ok, more astronomy...but at least we got:

 

- a better explanation of Einstein's theories vaguely referred to in the first part of the book

- an overview of how different theories played off or refuted each other

- stories about cats

- elemental observations

- and an offer of a variety of theories on offer rather than, as the tone of the first chapters suggested, a linear narrative of why something is not right.

 

What I am still missing is a link between the science presented in the current and following chapters and the random discussion of quantum physics at the start of the book.

 

I'm going to stop here for today, as I need something lighter or just something with a bit more narrativium

 

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text 2017-12-09 12:59
Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 414 pages.
The Science of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

Alright, the chapter on Stardust may have helped to inject a bit more life into the book, or at least into the science parts (the Wizard parts are what kept me reading so far!).

 

While the chapter did discuss things about chemistry and elements on a basic level, at least it was possible to read it without rolling my eyes or having to use Google - and it wasn't about astrophysics, which helped immensely.

 

Onwards, Sombrero-Agrippa!

 

 

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text 2017-12-08 20:50
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Aliens: Rogue - Ian Edginton,Will Simpso... Aliens: Rogue - Ian Edginton,Will Simpson
Aliens: Labyrinth - Jim Woodring
Aliens: Nightmare Asylum - Steve Perry
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Avengers: Vision and the Scarlet Witch: A Year in the Life - Steve Englehart,Al Milgrom,Richard Howell
A Once Crowded Sky - Tom King

This is what I got.   

 

I also took part in a yankee swap and got this:  

 

 

It's lootcrate, er, loot that someone didn't want - but I kinda looove it.   The shirt might be a tad small for me, but I still looove it.   

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review 2017-12-08 05:00
The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen
The Science Of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

TITLE:  The Science of Discworld

 

AUTHOR:  Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen

 

PUBLICATION DATE:  Revised edition published in 2002

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9780091886578

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From the blurb:

"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.  The Universe, of course, is our own.  And Roundworld is Earth.  As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow, we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond.  Through this original Terry Pratchett story (with intervening chapters from Cohen and Stewart) 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 of what was going on."

 

 

This is not a book that tells you how Terry Pratchett's Discworld works.  This is a book that tells you how Earth as we know it was created with an inserted Discworld narrative.

 

I found this book to be entertaining and the science bits to be accurate (for what is provided) with pithy observations and witty sentences.  However, the science is a rather basic summary in a somewhat erratic order of the creation of the universe and evolution on planet earth.  I started to get a bit bored with the science chapters, though this is possibly due to having read too many books about the universe and evolution to get  excited about a repeat.  The alternate chapters that deal with the Wizards of Unseen University get more amusing as the book progresses, especially after Rincewind, the Luggage and the Librarian (Ook!) make an appearance.  There is nothing like a wizardly outside commentary of Roundworld to show us how crazy life on Earth really is.  

 

This was a fun read.  I highly recommend this book to fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, especially those who aren't too clued up about general science.  The alternate science and fantasy chapters of this book might even appeal to younger school children and encouraging an interest in reading and science.

 

NOTE:  This books was read as part of the Rogue Flat Book Society Buddy Read for December 2017

 

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text 2017-12-06 13:00
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 414 pages.
The Science of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

I'm lagging behind everyone else in this BR, but I am looking forward to the next part.

 

I thought the galactic expansion / contraction stuff was interesting for about a minute, then it bored me for about 20 pages.

 

And I am not sure the book properly explains how matter is created in a vacuum - overall, I seem to spend an awful lot of time on the internet reading articles on physics.

So, what I am saying is: While I am the first one to hold up my hand and say that my understanding of physics is "basic", I am not sure the book is all that great at explaining things.

So far, the Wizard parts win over the science parts.

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