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Book Review – The Science of Discworld

After readingThe God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins (a book I had to make myself finish although I hated it), I needed some light reading material to clear up my brain, and what better than a Terry Pratchett book to do the job!

But “The Science of Discworld” is not your ordinary Discworld book. It is actually parallel to Dawkins’ book – talking about how the world (ours) was created, as seen from the perspective of the wizards of the Unseen University. And it also talks about how our brains work, about how we think (reminding me of Hofstadter, which I love).

As usual, Pratchett doesn’t disappoint me (well, almost, except one time for now), and I really enjoyed this book. One quote from was worth all of it:

“Beware of scientific fundamentalists who try to tell you everything is pretty much worked out, and only a few routine details are left to do. It is just when the majority of scientists believe such things that the next revolution in our world-view creeps into being…” – Terry Pratchett, “The Science of Discworld”

Keep them coming Sir. Pratchett!

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