From the Publisher
Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors
used in order to explain the world before they developed the
scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by
suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed
a rainbow was the gods' bridge to earth. The Japanese used to
explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish that carried
the world on its back-earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its
tail. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another
kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the
real answers to these questions. It is the magic of
Packed with clever thought experiments, dazzling illustrations
and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a
stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of?
How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like
disconnected pieces of a puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are
there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man,
or woman? This is a page-turning, graphic detective story that not
only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to
think like a scientist as well.
Richard Dawkins, the world's most famous evolutionary biologist
and one of science education's most passionate advocates, has spent
his career elucidating the wonders of science for adult readers.
But now, in a dramatic departure, he has teamed up with acclaimed
artist Dave McKean and used his unrivaled explanatory powers to
share the magic of science with readers of all ages. This is a
treasure trove for anyone who has ever wondered how the world
works. Dawkins and McKean have created an illustrated guide to the
secrets of our world-and the universe beyond-that will entertain
and inform for years to come.
About the Author
Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His newest book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence.
About the Book
Richard Dawkins teams up with illustrator Dave McKean ("Coraline," "The Graveyard Book") to write a graphic book examining natural phenomena.
Published: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Free Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1439192812
ISBN - 13: 9781439192818