Thursday, 6 December 2007

The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett


Not a discworld novel, but a knowledge of the discworld and its characters is required.

An excellent science book. Complicated things told simply. "Lies to children" explained for slightly larger children.

As all good science should be, this is thought provoking stuff. Did the dinosaurs have a technological civilisation? Is that really a stupid question? Just how often does the universe seem to try its best to wipe out life?

A whistle stop tour of cosmology, planetary history and evolution all mixed up with a brief tale from Unseen University.

If you like Pratchett give this a go. If you don't then the story may get in the way of the facts. If you like science then make sure you know Pratchett first.

If you don't like science then . . .

Well, to paraphrase Dawkins, "If you don't like science then bugger off".

4.5 out of 5 stars.

2 comments:

  1. A pedantic point - this is not a direct Dawkins's quote - he was quoting a "former and highly successful editor of New Scientist" at Beyond Belief 2006.

    Here are the videos:

    http://thesciencenetwork.org/BeyondBelief/watch/

    Oh, and these videos are an absolute Must Watch!

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  2. You are quite correct.

    Yes those videos are good. This years batch are out now but I haven't had chance to see them yet.

    Regards,

    Psi

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