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    Default "Science" of Terry Pratchett's Discworld

    I am a real fan of Terry Pratchett. Of course his discworld is based on magic rather than science, but it is equivalent. There are even books about this. Just reminiscing here now about some of the features ...

    1. Light is slower than sound

    2. Sun really goes around Earth

    3. Eight colours in rainbow ... extra one is octarine, the colour of magic, seen by wizards, witches and cats

    4. Worlds are on the back of giant tortoises that travel through space. According to one theory they all travel away and then come back together again to mate. This is called "big bang theory"

    5. Elephants slowly turn the disc on the back of the tortoise so that there are two summers and two winters each year. One summer has hot mornings and the other hot afternoons. I like the description of clockwise and widdershins... its a real word.

    6. Computers are made using ants in an nest.

    7. Magic by witches is 90% in the fixed stare

    8. Inspiration particles travel through universe till they hit someone

    9. Stories can run things (like that guy with the theory about when things are done a lot they become easier)

    10. Kingon particle travels instantaneously when a King dies to the next descendant

    11. Dragons can exist near hub and as long as you believe in them

    12. Death talks in CAPITAL LETTERS inside your head. You go to the afterlife that you believe in

    13. Gods are as strong as the belief of their followers

    Remind me of some more please.

    Is the discworld a consistent one? It does seem to be more so that many sci-fi such as star trek. Of course it isn't sci-fi, it is fa-fi or sci-fa or something (fa = fantasy)

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    Default Re: "Science" of Terry Pratchett's Discworld

    We probably have all of Terry Pratchett's books in our house (hard to be sure, there are so many).
    His wit is a wonder and his ideas are often profound.

    " 'Ah, well, life goes on,' people say when someone dies. But from the point of view of the person who has died, it doesn't. It's the universe that goes on. Just as the deceased was getting the hang of everything it's all whisked away, by illness or by accident or, in one case, a cucumber. Why this has to be is one of the imponderables of life, in the face of which people either start to pray . . . or become really, really angry."

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    Default Re: "Science" of Terry Pratchett's Discworld

    Consistent? O no, where does the water go off the edge of the world? How? Hahah

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    The water would be collected by the square root of the circumferencial sea.

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    Default Re: "Science" of Terry Pratchett's Discworld

    As I remember it, the water over the edge freezes and becomes hail. Eventually it falls on some other world.
    (remember its turtles all the way up and down)

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