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Encyclopedia > Ponder Stibbons
Characters from
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
Character details
Full name: Ponder Stibbons
Description: A geeky young Wizard
Associations: Unseen University
Location: Ankh-Morpork
Story appearances
First seen: Moving Pictures
Also in: Lords and Ladies
Soul Music
Interesting Times
Hogfather
The Last Continent
The Last Hero
Night Watch
Going Postal
Science of Discworld II
Science of Discworld III
Other details
Notes: Creator of Hex

Ponder Stibbons is a wizard in the fictional universe of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. He is employed at the Unseen University as the Head of Inadvisably Applied Magic, Praelector, and as the Reader in Invisible Writings. He does most of his work in collaboration with students at the University's High Energy Magic building. Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... The word geek has recently come to be used to refer to a person who is fascinated by knowledge and imagination, usually electronic or virtual in nature. ... The wizards are major characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Unseen University (UU) is a school of wizardry in the fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty composed of mostly indolent and inept old wizards. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Moving Pictures is the name of the tenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1990. ... Lords and Ladies is the fourteenth Discworld book by Terry Pratchett. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Interesting Times is the seventeenth novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... Hogfather is the 20th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... The Last Continent is the twenty-second Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1998, that parodies Australian people and culture, as well as the famous Crocodile Dundee and Mad Max movies and the popular Australian song Waltzing Matilda. ... This article is about the fantasy novel. ... Night Watch is the 29th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2002. ... Memorial of the 1986 post office incident in Edmond, Oklahoma. ... The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (ISBN 0091888050) is a 2002 book written by novelist Terry Pratchett and popular science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen. ... Hex is an elaborate, Heath Robinson/Rube Goldberg-esque, magic-powered computer housed at Unseen University (UU) in the city of Ankh-Morpork, in author Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The wizards are major characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... A fictional universe is an imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction or translatable non-fiction. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Unseen University (UU) is a school of wizardry in the fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty composed of mostly indolent and inept old wizards. ... In Cambridge University, praelectors are Fellows of colleges who formally present students during the graduation ceremony, the Congregation of the Regent House, when degrees are conferred. ... In the academic hierarchy in the United Kingdom and some universities in Australia and New Zealand, Reader is the rank between senior lecturer (or principal lecturer in the New Universities) and professor. ...


Student

His first appearance is as a student wizard in Moving Pictures (1990). His roommate was Victor Tugelbend, who gained a large inheritance by always getting an exam score of between 80% and 88% (his inheritance would be taken from him if he ever passed, requiring 88%, or got less than 80%). The senior wizards decided to trap Victor and gave him an exam paper with only one question: "what is your name?" Victor, however, missed that particular exam and Ponder, having accidentally destroyed his own exam paper, used Victor's instead. He was surprised to find only one question and tried to take as long as possible answering it: "The answer to question One is: Ponder Stibbons. Which is what my name is." Freshman Year redirects here. ... Moving Pictures is the name of the tenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1990. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Discworld characters. ...


His entry in The New Discworld Companion states: 'originally rather lazy by nature, he seems to have blossomed to become the youngest and most depressingly keen member of the UU faculty... as one of the few wizards at the University with his head screwed on in any fashion, he appears, quite against his will, to be in the front line'. From here onwards he is one of the major wizards in the books.


Hex

Stibbons' most successful creation is Hex, a magical computer composed of glass tubes full of ants, and other assorted complex systems, such as mice. Hex is initially capable only of simple arithmetic; however as the series continues, and more complex additions are made to Hex, it develops the semi-sapience of a child, the ability to add to and redesign itself, and the ability to do complex spells much, much more rapidly than a team of wizards could (For example, when they were searching for Rincewind in Interesting Times, Hex did in a day what would have taken the UU Faculty several years). Hex is an elaborate, Heath Robinson/Rube Goldberg-esque, magic-powered computer housed at Unseen University (UU) in the city of Ankh-Morpork, in author Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The Discworld in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels runs on magic. ... The NASA Columbia Supercomputer. ... Subfamilies Aenictogitoninae Agroecomyrmecinae Amblyoponinae (incl. ... Arithmetic tables for children, Lausanne, 1835 Arithmetic or arithmetics (from the Greek word αριθμός = number) is the oldest and most elementary branch of mathematics, used by almost everyone, for tasks ranging from simple daily counting to advanced science and business calculations. ... Interesting Times is the seventeenth novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ...


In The Science of Discworld, a book which interleaved a story set on the Discworld and real world science, Stibbons creates a device for splitting the thaum, once believed to be the smallest unit of magical radiation particles. The creation of this device borrows heavily from the real world splitting of the atom. The Science of Discworld is a 1999 book written by novelist Terry Pratchett and popular science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen. ... The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ... Part of a scientific laboratory at the University of Cologne. ... The Thaum is a fictional scientific measuring unit from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels, and is a way of quantifying magic. ... For other uses, see Atom (disambiguation). ...


In The Last Continent he is offered the job as assistant to the god of evolution, but flees in horror after only a few minutes when he realizes that the god's "big project" is, in fact, a cockroach. The Last Continent is the twenty-second Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1998, that parodies Australian people and culture, as well as the famous Crocodile Dundee and Mad Max movies and the popular Australian song Waltzing Matilda. ... See also: Discworld magic The Discworld gods are the fictional deities from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... It has been suggested that Blattellidae be merged into this article or section. ...


Similarities

It is possible that Ponder Stibbons is named after a 'Mr Stibbons' who taught at Terry Pratchett's secondary school. Ponder Stibbons and another young wizard seem to look not unalike, but Ponder's presence and looks were published long before Harry Potter's. This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ...


Stephen Briggs' stage adaption of Mort includes a wizard named "Stibbons" in place of Rincewind's role in the book. The adaption was made after Ponder was introduced in the novels, but before he became a recurring character, and was intended to avoid having to create Rincewind's distinctive appearance for a minor role. Stephen Briggs is, in his own words, a civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics. However, through his drama work, he has become heavily involved with the subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ... Also a term referring to laying brick. ... Rincewind the Wizzard is a fictional character appearing in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, several of which feature him as the central character. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Ponder Stibbons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (444 words)
Stibbons' most successful creation is Hex, a magical computer composed of glass tubes full of ants, and other assorted complex systems, such as mice.
It is possible that Ponder Stibbons is named after a 'Mr Stibbons' who taught at Terry Pratchett's secondary school.
Ponder Stibbons and another young wizard Harry Potter seem to look not unalike, but it should be noted that Ponder's presence and looks were published before Harry Potter's.
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