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Terry Pratchett , Ian Stewart , Jack Cohen
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11 avril 2013

The fourth book in the Science of Discworld series, and this time around dealing with THE REALLY BIG QUESTIONS, Terry Pratchett's brilliant new Discworld story Judgement Day is annotated with very big footnotes (the interleaving chapters) by mathematician Ian Stewart and biologist Jack Cohen, to bring you a mind-mangling combination of fiction, cutting-edge science and philosophy.

Marjorie Daw is a librarian, and takes her job - and indeed the truth of words - very seriously. She doesn't know it, but her world and ours - Roundworld - is in big trouble. On Discworld, a colossal row is brewing.

The Wizards of Unseen University feel responsible for Roundworld (as one would for a pet gerbil). After all, they brought it into existence by bungling an experiment in Quantum ThaumoDynamics. But legal action is being brought against them by Omnians, who say that the Wizards' god-like actions make a mockery of their noble religion.

As the finest legal brains in Discworld (a zombie and a priest) gird their loins to do battle - and when the Great Big Thing in the High Energy Magic Laboratory is switched on - Marjorie Daw finds herself thrown across the multiverse and right in the middle of the whole explosive affair.

As God, the Universe and, frankly, Everything Else is investigated by the trio, you can expect world-bearing elephants, quantum gravity in the Escher-verse, evolutionary design, eternal inflation, dark matter, disbelief systems - and an in-depth study of how to invent a better mousetrap.

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Quatrième de couverture

'Ladies and gentlemen,' began his Lordship, 'I cannot conceive of a more interesting case than the one we have today.

'The dispute is over a mere artefact: shiny, I grant you, attractive in its way; and I am given to believe by the wizards and natural scientists of Unseen University and elsewhere that reasonably small though it be, it is in fact larger by many orders of magnitude than all of Discworld.

'I intend to seek evidence of this during the deliberations of this very unusual tribunal, which has been brought into being because there are two parties that both profess to believe that the artefact is theirs.'

Lord Vetinari sighed, and said, 'I rather fear the term "quantum" will make an appearance, but these are after all, modern times.'

Biographie de l'auteur

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.

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  • Relié: 352 pages
  • Editeur : Ebury Press (11 avril 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0091949793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091949792
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,6 x 15,6 x 3,4 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 2.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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Le plus grand humoriste anglais depuis P.G. Wodehouse est un auteur de fantasy : est-ce l'effet du hasard ? Terry Pratchett est né en 1948 dans le Buckinghamshire ; nous n'en savons pas davantage sur ses origines, ses études ou sa vie amoureuse. Son hobby, prétend-il, c'est la culture des plantes carnivores. Que dire encore de son programme politique ? Il s'engage sur un point crucial : augmentons, dit-il, le nombre des orangs-outans à la surface du globe, et les grands équilibres seront restaurés. Voilà un écrivain qui donnera du fil à retordre à ses biographes !
Sa vocation fut précoce : il publia sa première nouvelle en 1963 et son premier roman en 1971. D'emblée, il s'affirma comme un grand parodiste : La Face obscure du soleil (1976) tourne en dérision L'Univers connu de Larry Niven ; Strata (1981) ridiculise une fois de plus la hard S.-F. en partant de l'idée que la Terre est effectivement plate.
Mais le grand tournant est pris en 1983. Pratchett publia alors le premier roman de la série du Disque-Monde, brillant pastiche héroï-comique de Tolkien et de ses imitateurs.
Traduites dans plus de trente langues, Les Annales du Disque-Monde ont également donné lieu à nombre de produits dérivés ainsi qu'à des adaptations télévisées.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Pratchett a encore frappé 28 juin 2014
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encore un bon livre lié à la série Science of Discworld, mais un peu moins bien que les 3 précédents
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Easy to put down 10 juin 2013
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The more the authors engage with anthropology and sociology, the more contentious their observations become. In this particular volume they seem to popularize the popularizers such as Steven Pinker or Jared Diamond.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Pretty good read, but not as good as the previous editions 6 mai 2013
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Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen continue their joint effort on "The science of Discworld" with this fourth addition to the series. In this edition a new UU experiment causes an accidental crossover between Discworld and Roundworld through the extra-dimensional L-space, which results in the sudden abduction of Marjorie Daw from her Roundworld library to the halls of UU. Once there she becomes a witness and then a main character in a court case being brought by the Church of the Latter Day Omnians against the university for custody of Roundworld.

As usual in the Science series, the Discworld short story is used as backdrop for the chapters written by Stewart and Cohen covering physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, evolution and philosophy in a popular-science fashion. In this case they cover the latest insights into the origins and shape of the universe, the patterns of thought and belief of the human mind, rational and systematic thinking in contrast with belief-based and snap decision thinking (including the evolutionary value of both) and the origins and value of religion.

The result is quite a nice read for those fans with a slightly more-than-passing interest in such topics. However, the book is not quite as good as the earlier editions: the scientific chapters are written more like essays with a "moral" than in earlier editions, which I find an irritating style. Also, the discussion of religion versus rationality and evolution seems less philosophical and more pushy than in previous editions, which is strange for a book that makes a big point of how science is about deriving models from observation rather than pushing the tenets of blind faith...
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wizards Vs Priests 3 novembre 2013
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I love Pratchett as a writer and have read just about anything he's written that I can get my hands on.
Having read the previous three Science of Discworld books I have to agree with some other reviews that this is not the best of the four.
Found it mired in too much technical data at times, learned more than I every wanted to about quantum indeterminacy, topology and particle or sparticles. Some of the science stopped being fun and turned into homework!
I also felt the whole thing would have benefited from larger chapters of the Discworld storyline that runs throughout the book.
Sorry Sir Terry but this one wasn't as much fun as the last three.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hilarious 28 octobre 2013
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Pratchett is one of the most successful science fiction writers in the world, and teams up with two scientists - a biologist and mathematician to produce a mixture of hard fact, and hilarious fiction, in another Discworld novel.
If you are a fan of his, this is, of course, another "must purchase" book. If you are not, you may want to delve into the waters a bit more gently and read another in the series which are all tied together loosely, but are great as stand alone books.
Regardless, well written by 3 people who really do look at the world from a different angle then most of us
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not up to Pratchett's standard -- if he indeed wrote it at all. 28 juillet 2013
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The early Science Of Discworld volumes featured entertaining Discworld stories by Terry Pratchett, which would alternate chapters with heavy-but-digestible (and equally entertaining) real-world scientific explanations for some of the goings-on in the story.

Unfortunately, this is the fourth trip to the well -- and this well is now definitely running dry.

Though I have no inside knowledge of how Pratchett, Stewart and Cohen divided up the work on this book, it's extremely difficult to believe that Pratchett did much more than lend his name and Discworld characters to this volume, leaving the others to do the actual writing. The dialogue is often leaden and expository, and the established Discworld characters frequently behave in ways that do not correspond to how they behave in other Discworld volumes. As well, the actual story is perfunctory at best. If you care, the crux of the matter is that there's a dispute as to who should claim ownership of Roundworld (i.e., the little pocket universe that is Just Like Earth, and that was accidentally created by the wizards of Unseen University) -- and Lord Vetinari is, for some inexplicable reason, called upon to judge the matter. Meanwhile, an earth librarian named Marjorie Dawe is somehow summoned up into Discworld, just in time to witness the trial, and Rincewind gets to stumble about a bit in Roundworld, ho ho. Oh, and the Librarian gets to say "Ook." If you're particularly easy to amuse, you may enjoy some of this, but overall, the story is dull, lumpy, and fairly static, and the humour is sporadic.

The "Science" portion of the book, meanwhile, is out to prove the case for atheism. I doubt the authors will convert anyone, but they're sincere about it, and sometimes quite witty -- though also sometimes rather condescending. Still, anyone who wants to know what the basic argument for atheism is, and would prefer the argument be served up to them with a bit of levity, can find that here.

But really, this in only for incorrigible Discworld completists. And even *they* will surely be inclined to notice the stark difference in the writing style between this volume and the regular Discworld books...
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Going downhill? 19 mai 2013
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These have been lively popular science books, but this one feels as if Sir Terry hasn't had quite the involvement, and hence the light touch of previous instalments. Nevertheless there are some entertaining swipes at belief systems, political and religious, though some of the targets do just beg to be knocked down by simple common sense.
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