Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day is due out in April

I missed this till now. There’ll be a fourth instal­ment of the Science of Discworld. If you haven’t read any of the Science of Discworld books, they’re dif­fer­ent to the usual Science of… books in that Discworld doesn’t run on sci­ence so there’s not much point explain­ing how it could work sci­en­tific­ally. Instead it fol­lows an exper­i­ment by the wiz­ards of Unseen University to cre­ate a world that runs on rules instead of nar­rativium. Roundworld has no magic so how does a world come together and how does life col­on­ise it?

Science of Discworld II: The Globe was about the devel­op­ment of Mind with the aid of two play­wrights and Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch looked at how the idea of evol­u­tion was inven­ted again and again until Charles Darwin made it stick.

For Science of Discworld IV the Omnians have dis­covered about the Roundworld pro­ject. A world that is actu­ally round but has no gods is a bit of a prob­lem for the Omnians who believe that the disc is a globe, but are very keen on a God.

The cur­rent pub­lic­a­tion date is April 11.http://​www​.ran​dom​house​.co​.uk/​e​d​i​t​i​o​n​s​/​t​h​e​-​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​-​o​f​-​d​i​s​c​w​o​r​l​d​-​i​v​-​j​u​d​g​e​m​e​n​t​-​d​a​y​/​9​7​8​0​0​9​1​9​4​9​792

There was also a talk on the sci­ence of Discworld in Dublin last year.

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When he's not tired, fixing his car or caught in train delays, Alun Salt works part-time for the Annals of Botany weblog. His PhD was in ancient science at the University of Leicester, but he doesn't know Richard III.

1 Response

  1. I’ve never read Terry Pratchett but I recently watched a doc­u­ment­ary he did on Assisted Suicide and it was incredible.