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    DescriptionWhen 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.


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    Title
    The Science of Discworld
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Terry Pratchett, By (author) Ian Stewart, By (author) Jack Cohen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 300 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091951702
    ISBN 10: 0091951704
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    Ingram Subject Code: RB
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: FM, FL, PDZ, WNX
    Libri: ENGM1045
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21300
    Libri: ENGL3050
    BIC subject category V2: GB, FZC
    BISAC V2.8: REF010000, SCI004000, FIC028000
    DC23: 523.1
    Thema V1.0: WNX, FZ
    Edition
    13000, Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised edition
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    28 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sir Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 75 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages. Professor Ian Stewart is the author of many popular science books. He is the mathematics consultant for New Scientist and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for furthering the public understanding of science, and in 2001 became a Fellow of the Royal Society. Dr Jack Cohen is an internationally-known reproductive biologist, and lives in Newent, Gloucestershire. Jack has a laboratory in his kitchen, helps couples get pregnant by referring them to colleagues, invents biologically realistic aliens for science fiction writers and, in his spare time, throws boomerangs. Jack, who has more letters to his name than can be repeated here, writes, lectures, talks and campaigns to promote public awareness of science, particularly biology. He is mostly retired.
    Review quote
    "The hard science is as gripping as the fiction" The Times "An irreverent but genuinely profound romp through the history and philosophy of science, cunningly disguised as a collection of funny stories about wizards and mobile luggage. More that that, it offers a fresh look at the place that humans hold in the history of the planet" -- Richard Wentk Frontiers
    Review text
    An irreverent but genuinely profound romp through the history and philosophy of science, cunningly disguised as a collection of funny stories about wizards and mobile luggage. More that that, it offers a fresh look at the place that humans hold in the history of the planet