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Interresting & informative, but the title is distracting.
on 1 July 2000
The title is a bit of a misnomer, and hence I'm ranking this book at 3, where as if it had been billed as book where it employs Terry Pratchetts immensely innventive DiscWorld background to discuss science in the world about you, then it would be a 4. Terry Practchett makes great use of Discworlds underlying mechanics in his stories, hence the book promises on the 'physics' behind that , but fails to deliver. Where the book does deliver, and where I found the enjoyment, was Ian Stewarts use of the fictional world, to challenge our own 'sloppy' acceptance of 'science' ; Why do we have tides ? he askes. Because of the moon, any mid-grade child (or adult) would respond. Yet as a gravitational body it only would shirt the tides by 0.5 metres, so what else is at play .. This is when Stewart, introduces the concept of 'lies to children' , or lazy answers from adults, most of which stay with us to adulthood. Very accessible, clearly written, enjoyable, and infomrative. Only error was the route the collaboration took.