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The fantastic first book in the Sunday Times bestselling Science of Discworld series

When a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands: Roundworld, where neither magic nor common sense seems to stand a chance against logic.

The Universe, of course, is our own. And Roundworld is Earth. As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow, we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the internet and beyond.

Through this original Terry Pratchett story (with intervening chapters from Cohen and Stewart) we discover how puny and insignificant individual lives are against a cosmic backdrop of creation and disaster. Yet, paradoxically, we see how the richness of a universe based on rules, has led to a complex world and at least one species that tried to get a grip of what was going on.

Reviews

The hard science is as gripping as the fiction

The Times

An irreverent but genuinely profound romp through the history and philosophy of science, cunningly disguised as a collection of funny stories about wizards and mobile luggage. More that that, it offers a fresh look at the place that humans hold in the history of the planet

Richard Wentk, Frontiers

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  • Paperback

    9780091951702

    April 16, 2013

    Ebury Press

    416 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781448176670

    April 11, 2013

    Ebury Digital

    416 pages

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