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The Science of Discworld: A Novel
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Not just another science audiobook and not just another Discworld novella, The Science of Discworld is a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard's-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.

Can Unseen University's eccentric wizards and orangutan Librarian possibly shed any useful light on hard, rational Earthly science?

In the course of an exciting experiment, the wizards of Discworld have accidentally created a new universe. Within this universe is a planet that they name Roundworld. Roundworld is, of course, Earth, and the universe is our own. As the wizards watch their creation grow, Terry Pratchett and acclaimed science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen use Discworld to examine science from the outside. Interwoven with the Pratchett's original story are entertaining, enlightening chapters which explain key scientific principles such as the Big Bang theory and the evolution of life on earth, as well as great moments in the history of science.

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Terry Pratchett. (2014). The Science of Discworld: A Novel. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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Terry Pratchett. 2014. The Science of Discworld: A Novel. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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Terry Pratchett, The Science of Discworld: A Novel. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2014.

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Terry Pratchett. The Science of Discworld: A Novel. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2014.

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Can Unseen University's eccentric wizards and orangutan Librarian possibly shed any useful light on hard, rational Earthly science?

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Can Unseen University's eccentric wizards and orangutan Librarian possibly shed any useful light on hard, rational Earthly science?

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