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Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch [Mass Market Paperback]

Terry Pratchett , J. Cohen , I. Stewart
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3 Aug 2006 Science of Discworld III (Book 3)

Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen Univeristy feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail. Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent spaceflight and the human race will be turned into ice-pops.

Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin, whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Either way, it's no easy task to change history, as the wizards discover to their cost. Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?



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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (3 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091898242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091898243
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The hard science is as gripping as the fiction" (The Times)

"Entertaining and illuminating" (New Scientist)

"An exhilarating experience as the authors' cerebral buzzsaw opens up your mind" (SFX Magazine)

"A cut above the competition... chapters by Stewart and Cohen offering a profound and clear explanation of Darwin's theories and their modern updating... it is exhilarating to feel yourself immersed in such well-expressed and up-to-date debates" (New Scientist)

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The latest instalment in the Sunday Times-bestselling Science of Discworld series.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to think again 19 May 2005
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If you've read the previous two Science books then this might be a two edged sword. There is an increase in the science presented to the reader, tackling such topics as potential time travel, the physics of time, evolution, mechanisms of change and biological interaction.
What there is not is a lot of Pratchett, the ammount of linking text has dropped considerably from the previous narratives and almost looks like it was written round the science essays, which may come as a dissapointment for some fans.
There is also a very strong anti "bible belt" vein to the science writting which may affect the US sales. All said however this is an enjoyable format which will introduce yet more "hard" science to the reader.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the butterfly that stomped . . . 6 Jun 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover
. . . to the butterfly that was stomped on. Among physicists there is a theory about multiple universes. Each time a decision is made or an action taken, a new universe is created. If a butterfly stomps its left front foot, a new universe with a different sequence of history forms. Stomp the right foot and yet another arises. If, as in Ray Bradbury's famous "The Sound of Thunder", a butterfly is stepped on millions of years ago, how different might our present be? The sequence of events in each scenario may alter only slightly - or be wildly divergent. This idea underlies the theme of the third Discworld science book conceived by Terry Pratchett and his colleagues.
If this is the first "Science of Discworld" you've encountered, some background is essential. Using a surplus of magic, Hex, the Discworld's version of Deep Thought, has created an new universe. Tucked away in that creation is a Roundworld - the one we live on. There is neither magic nor the binding force of the Discworld cosmos, "narrativium" here. Stories cannot be fathomed until they end. There is no logical sequence on which to build events. "Random" is the key word. The result is that Roundworld has evolved many lifeforms, nearly all of which have be killed off by massive ice sheets, poisonous gases or huge stones from space. Only one thing can save Roundworld's humanity from its own extinction event. Charles Darwin must sit down and write "The Origin of Species" to make humans understand how life here works. The knowledge will allow them to escape. This Science of Discworld volume was published in the USA, reflecting the need for just such knowledge to gain ground within that superpower. Relevance to the situation in the UK, however, remains high.
The Discworld's wizards have a portal to Roundworld.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars third time not quite the charm 19 Feb 2007
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The third in a series of discworld books that are half fiction and half fact. The fiction bits are based around the wizards and their misadventures in roundworld [earth] a world they accidentally created. The chapters of this are interdispersed with non fiction ones about science.

The trouble with this one is that the discworld section just feels over familiar and doesn't really grab. And the science chapters are variable. Some that tell the story of charles darwin and his work are engrossing. Others get into different areas that can be heavy going at times.

So not a bad book all in all, just not the strongest entry in the series
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous 2 but still good 4 Aug 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While not as good as the two previous "Science of Discworld" books, it is still as accessible a science book as you will find.

Dealing mostly with evolution (there is some physics), I wonder if this is partly a response of a science minded writer to the attempts of the religeous lobby to popularise pseudoscience like ID. Based on the premise that Charles Darwin never wrote "The Origin of Species" but instead wrote "Theology of Species", we are taken on a journey as to why Darwin wrote what he did and why the theory of evolution has stood the test of time.

As to criticisms that they book is openly hostile to religion, it is not. It feels more like the author has lost patience with those that try to force the facts to fit a preconceived world view rather than let the facts speak for themselves.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Even after reading 2 of these `Science of Discworld' publications I remain ambivalent about them. In some ways I find the alternating chapters reminiscent of current TV styles in which they continually cut from one thread to another, just as you get interested in the current one! Continuity is sacrificed. It is almost tempting to read the alternate chapters as, in effect, separate books: read the odd chapters first, and then go back to the start and read the even!

The educational content is (mostly) approachable and, in itself, entertainingly written by the Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen pairing; and, I suppose, brings some valid knowledge to the younger audience via a vehicle they are likely to accept. That said, I had to read several sections at least twice to get some understanding (and still don't feel sure I've grasped it all - there are some sophisticated ideas covered!)

However, without doing much in the way of research, I question just how much input the various members of the writing trio have into the two aspects of the book. I also wonder how far the concept places limits on Mr. P's creativity and originality of thought. It seems to me that some of the reviewers have tended to forget that there are three authors collaborating here. I think it is a rare thing for such to result in little or no dilution of any one contributor's style.

As a result, I feel that Terry Pratchett's narrative lacks the punch found in his solo efforts. At any rate the snigger quotient has, thus far, been rather low in comparison with other novels from the author. Is it me just getting older and more jaded? I long for the rich cast of characters and the strange lands beyond the Unseen University.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read whether you're after popular science or comic fantasy
As with the other SoD books, Darwin's Watch alternates chapters by Pratchett set on the Discworld where a set of very confused wizards (is there another type? Read more
Published 10 days ago by Pat Harkin
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but a little deep for me
I enjoyed this book but found.it a little hard going in places. The wizard s were their usual enjoyable selves witch made the book for me
Published 1 month ago by Roger Glading
5.0 out of 5 stars darwins watch
It is brilliant as always, you are never let down when it comes to Terry Pratchett. My husband is very happy.
Published 3 months ago by Loopy Loo
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting order in to chaos...or vica verca
Another great romp through history getting us all to the here and now nicely.
With Rincewind and co. Putting it all together.
Published 3 months ago by Malcolm
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 year old loves it!
I bought this for my little sister who's 8, shes made some really good pictures using this set and really enjoyed playing with it. I would recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Nic
3.0 out of 5 stars Very science based
You need to be a real Pratchett fan to persist with this one. The Discworld ''short'' story alternates with the science chapters by the co-authors. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Florence
2.0 out of 5 stars Science of Discworld III
I'm very sorry to say this is not one of the better books to come from Terry Pratchett. For me there is just too much Science Fact add between the actual Discworld story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M EKEMA
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun read
I loved the way they turned the history around and the idea of The Reverend Richard Dawkins is wonderful in itself. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Published 8 months ago by jankent
5.0 out of 5 stars this partnership gets you thinking
the mix of science and a discworld story is a must for discworld fans. The partnership between Pratchett and the scientist works well creating a must have read.
Published 9 months ago by mamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett at his best
My best author. Very good and keeps you turning the pages. Love al the wizards from the Unseen University. Prize.
Published 9 months ago by Windlepoons
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