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"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)

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The fantastic first book in the Sunday Times bestselling Science of Discworld series

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.

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books 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. After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back.

www.terrypratchett.co.uk

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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.



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  • Broché: 416 pages
  • Editeur : Ebury Press; Édition : Revised edition (11 avril 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0091951704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091951702
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,6 x 2,7 x 19,6 cm
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3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Albert Fulenne le 15 octobre 2004
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Tout part d'une erreur de jugement. Le jeune Cogite Stibon (Ponder Stibbons) a réussi à obtenir de l'archichancelier Mustrum Ridculle les fonds nécessaires à la construction d'un réacteur thaumique. La fission du Thaum (unité de base de la magie, permet de faire apparaître un pigeon blanc ou trois boules de billard standard) est à leur portée, une source d'énergie phénoménale et sans retombées !
Malheureusement l'expérience marche trop bien et le projet produit trop de magie, qu'il faut à tout prix utiliser sous peine de voir apparaïtre les monstres des dimensions de la Basse-Fosse. SORT propose le projet Sphère-Monde, jusque là mis de côté à cause de sa consommation de magie trop importante.
Le roman est entrecoupé, à chaque chapitre, de l'équivalent terrien de ce qui arrive sur le Disque-Monde. Et, chose étonnante, les deux scientifiques co-auteurs ont réussi à expliquer en termes plus ou moins simples (dans le style de Terry Pratchett) les principes les plus compliqués de la science moderne.
Un exploit et un plaisir à lire.
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Robin Xavier le 5 septembre 2010
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Peut-on faire de l'humour tout en expliquant des concepts scientifiques très sérieux et compliqués ? Aussi incroyable que cela puisse paraitre, les trois auteurs prouvent que c'est le cas, sans aucune hésitation possible.

À réserver tout de même à ceux qui ont lu (et aimé) au moins quelques unes des aventures du disque-monde, sans quoi l'humour ne pourrait être compris (c'est de l'humour d'initié), et nul doute que le livre paraîtrait alors particulièrement ennuyeux (mais qui sont donc ce Rincewind et cet Archcancellor Ridcully ? Et que vient faire la tortue dans tout ça ?).
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A compulsory textbook for undergraduate science students!! 19 mars 2002
Par JJM Peters - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Apart from being a Pratchett fan, I'm an almost post graduate biology student interested in education en popularising science. Therefore, this book stands high on my list of best books ever. Apart from a very entertaining story featuring the ever-blundering wizards of U.U. (and Rincewind in the role of Professor of Unusual and Cruel Geography), this is really a very, very good science textbook.
The strength of the science book part (reviews on the story can be found aplenty on this page) is that it is for one thing very clearly structured, starting with the "birth" of the universe as we now perceive it and ending with a (maybe) over-the-top look into the future. But apart from this comprehensive structure, the science writing is also very clever. Many science books just state what is known, so only the dry facts. The authors of this book also give a framework, for example some history of how knowledge is obtained, a process that is mostly unknown to those who have not followed an academic science education.
But that's not all. Many times the authors start out by stating something that is known to everybody, giving the explanations we all learn in high school. And then they go about by showing us how exactly these high school explanation (or "lies-to-children" as they call them) are wrong, or at least a small part of the truth, giving a much more complicated image of how things work and even leaving things unexplained (because that's how it is in science, not all things can be explained satisfactorily). And that is, in my opinion, the strength of the book, a glimpse is given on how science is practised, how knowledge is gained and how things are always more complicated than you think they are.
I gave this book to a friend of mine who has had a long career in teaching (not only high-school teaching, but also teaching teachers-to-be how to teach) and he was also very enthusiastic about the book, because it really lets you wrestle with the various ideas and theories presented.
I myself have learned greatly from this book, not only from certain subjects that, being a biologist, are not part of your education (for example the physics involved in the biginning of the universe), but also about the more philosophical side of science (the chapter called "Things that aren't", which deals with how strange human thinking and perception sometimes work, is my all time favorite). This is why I very strongly recommend this book to all undergraduate science students (and really anyone involved in science or even remotely interested in it); they can profit greatly from reading this book. My only fear is that this book will, completely unjustified, disappear on the "Sci-fi and Fantasy" shelves in bookstores, and will not be found on the "Popular science" shelves where is really belongs!
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A Brief History of the World 17 novembre 2002
Par Sharon - Publié sur Amazon.com
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We are watching the wizards of Unseen University watching an Earth-like planet be created. Sounds complicated? Not really...
A brief, yet in-depth (I don't know how that can work, but it does) explanation on how it is currently believed out world works is nothing short of miraculous, especially due to the clarity in which it is explained. Interlaced with a story about the wizards' experiments with their new toy planet, this book is completely riveting and highly informative.
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It's Magick! well, not exactly... 27 octobre 2001
Par Binder - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The Science of Discworld" by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen isn't really about Discworld. Well, in a way, it -is- about Discworld, but it really is a lot more about well, "Life on Earth".
This book is amazingly comprehensive about modern science, both what science -is- and how it got be that way. Topics run a happy gamut from space elevators (as in Arthur Clarke's "Fountains Of Paradise") to DNA (another "space elevator") to gravity (Newtonian, and Einsteinian) to mutation, the origins of Life, evolution, and the Turtle that carries the Universe on its back. (Oops! wrong Universe.)
An interesting concept that helps to form the basis of this book is "Lies to Children"; these are those "facts" we are presented with from early on in our awareness, by people that aren't happy with the truth. "Where do babies come from?" is a question that often results in a "lie to children"; adults, often assuming that their children aren't sufficiently mature enough to understand the concept of conception, tend to offer a somewhat abridged version of the truth that does little to enlighten anyone.
"The Science of Discworld" presents an array of "lies to children" and the facts as we know them, now. It allows for the inevitable future discoveries, while presenting what we (in the scientific sense) believe we know about "Life, the Universe, and Everything" in an easily digestable fashion.
All this information could be bewildering; this presentation isn't. This is good, readable, non-fiction with solid facts, interesting (and logical) conclusions, and with all the strange twists and turns of a good "who-done-it," with a fair smidgen of sci-fi-fantasy thrown in.
I would unhesitatingly recommend "The Science of Discworld" as required reading for all science teachers, and *highly* recommended for budding scientists of all ages. To me at 50, it is an epiphany; I can only imagine the personal impact if I had read this at 15.
Now, about that turtle...
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But I'm a Pratchett fan - really 14 juillet 2005
Par wiredweird - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is really two great books. The first is a wizard's experiment gone wrong at the Unseen University. A chain reaction in their squash court (sound familiar?) has released an unprecedented amount of thaumic energy. Before it could be channeled safely, it materializes a world, in fact a whole star system. But this world isn't a disc, it's round --

The second book is a witty, well informed scientific commentary on many things, but especially on the history of life on earth. (I only noticed one mis-step in the real science, a statement about the stability of a an oxygen isotope. They probably slid that error in to make nitpickers like me feel smug.)

The problem is, this is just one book, not two. Chapters alternate in odd-even pairs, Discworld fantasy and Ourworld fact. I probably should have read the book twice, all the odd chapters then all the even ones. As it was, I found my attention whipsawed between the two. The total was distractingly less than the sum of the parts.

It's clever, amusing and informative. The back-and-forth style just didn't work for me, though.

//wiredweird
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Fun and Frolic Through Physics and Beyond 2 septembre 2002
Par K. Staton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
What can I say? If you love Prachett, the wizards and have an open mind this one's for you! The science part of this book is written with humour and wit so it never sounds like one of your old college text books. The Discworld story that accompanies and introduces the science chapters is wonderful in and of itself. Putting them together in this book makes it one great educational read.
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