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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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text 2017-12-05 06:16
Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 414 pages.
The Science of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

I'm late. I'm late. I'm late ... but I finally managed to read more than 2 pages this morning.

 

I tried making a dent in this on the train home yesterday, but not really having slept the night before caught up with me and I pretty much slept all the way back home, then went straight to bed...

 

Anyway, I was a bit puzzled by the chapter set in Discworld as it wasn't clear, yet, where the science part was. That was my only concern, tho. Other than that, I loved the wizards and the squash court setting, and the way that Pratchett translated real concerns into bitingly satirical comedy.

 

The science that I was missing followed in the subsequent chapter. And lots of it. Much went over my head, but I appreciated that the authors deliberately left our formulae and tried to describe the concepts in "real words". I mean, even with that I was lost at Planck's constant, but I'm sure I'll google it later. 

 

That and a bit more flesh on how Einstein's theory describes the mechanics of fission.

 

So, there. Lots of science. This book was definitely not written by Roach. 

 

 

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