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The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch (2005)

de Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart

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Séries: The Science of Discworld (book 3), Discworld (Science III)

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Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University 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?… (mais)
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I finished rereading this yesterday. I can't say I enjoyed it as much as the first Science of Discworld book, but the overview of evolution and tidbits about Darwin are good, and the story of how the wizards of Unseen University intervene in the affairs of their little Round World project is entertaining. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
Bugrit..!.....I came to write my review and find that austcrimefiction (below) has written exactly what I wanted to say about the book already (except for her last para' , of course).

A brilliant read that needs reading twice to take in some of the science. ( )
  Novak | May 12, 2013 |
Not so long ago a past Prime Minister of ours declared that History teaching in schools should be more about learning dates and less about interpretation and analysis. Or something like that. I wasn't listening after the first bit about dates - I was curled up in a foetal position, fingers in ears, chanting "Make it Stop" "Make it Stop".

Much like most of my, thankfully short, school years.

THE SCIENCE OF DISCWORLD, might be fictional wrapped up with some science commentary, but to be frank - there were some explanations of scientific theory in this book - that a lot of years later, suddenly made some of the stuff they banged on about at school make sense.

Made me realise if they had given learning some narrative, actually chucked in a bit of fun, gave things some context and some interest ... I might have spent a lot less time fighting unconsciousness and a little more time actually learning something.

PS - himself who is a science nerd of the first order read the book at the same time as me and was equally impressed. They took some very complex scientific concepts and made them very accessible. (I think that's what he said... I've got my fingers in my ears chanting....)

http://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/science-discworld-iii-darwins-watch-terry... ( )
  austcrimefiction | Sep 25, 2012 |
Wissenschaft trifft auf Phantastik. Eigenlich eine unmögliche Mischung, sollte man meinen, doch spätestens seit Lovecraft wissen wir, das es geht. Hier wird dieses Prinzip nun konsequent umgesetzt: Eine Rahmenhandlung - geschrieben von Pratchett - wird gefüllt mit einen Sachbuch über die Evolution. Sehr spannend, sehr lehrreich, nie langweilig und in Zeiten von Wahnideen wie "Intelligentes Design" unbedingte Pflichtlektüre. ( )
  Doktor_Stein | May 22, 2009 |
Subtle humour, some interesting insights into evolution, cosmology, science in general, even timetravel.
What I did not like was the chapter about how great Victorian England was. I do not doubt, that what the authors explain there is right, it is just boring to read about three pages worth of information on over ten, especially, if the information is not really relevant.
I like the "intelligent design" bashing, though. :-) ( )
  petwoe | Jun 29, 2008 |
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In crossing a path, suppose I...found a watch on the ground...The inference, we think, is inevitable; that the watch must have had a maker.
- William Paley, Natural Theology
Divine Design, the conscious process of creation, which Paley discovered, and which we now know is the explanation for the existence and purposeful form of all life, always has purpose in mind. If the Deity can be said to play the role of Watchmaker in nature, He is an all-seeing Watchmaker.
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- Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species
Natural selection, the blind, unconscious automatic process which Darwin discovered, and which we now know is the explanation for the existence and apparently purposeless form of all life, has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker.
- Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker
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Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University 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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