The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

by Richard Dawkins

Free Press | September 11, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? Starting with the magical, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.

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Published: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451690134

ISBN - 13: 9781451690132

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Beauty... “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clark When I was watching Richard Dawkins’ BBC interview on YouTube regarding his new book, “The Magic of Reality,” Richard Dawkins told Jeremy Paxman that his book was for teenagers, or for those who have recently found their interest in Science. After reading this phenomenal peace of work, let me clearly state that his book is for people of all ages. I am nineteen years old and yet I learnt so much about vast array for different topics. When I was reading this book, I could not help but thinking that I should’ve paid for attention in my Science class in the high-school. However, I didn't had a teacher like Dawkins. I cannot claim to be an expert on science; my main interests remain in history and politics. Although as a secular-humanist, I am a mild connoisseur of all things scientific. In “The Magic of Reality,” we are introduced – just introduced, this is not such a detailed work for obvious reasons – to the theory of evolution and fossils. We learn about the nature of the Sun and Rainbows; the magical world of galaxies, Supernovas and stardust etc. This is a supremely important book with breathtaking illustrations. Very highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explaining reality through common language and beautiful illustrations I am in love with this book, the illustrations are interestingly stylized and visually drive home the points that Dr. Dawkins raises. The style of writing is interesting as well, each chapter raises a question, many mythological answers are given, then the real, scientific answers are given to the reader. It shows that while the mythological answers may be interesting and beautiful in their own way, the reality is much more beautiful when fully understood through the lens of science. One interesting moment in the book is when Dr. Dawkins is talking outside his field and makes it known that he is at the end of his understanding and that he can no longer continue on with that subject, it's not that no one knows about it, just that he himself doesn't, so it's better, more intellectually honest to be upfront about it. I have seen and heard many people tell him he needs to be more humble about himself, or his topics, I think this shows his level of humility and that those that accuse him of being arrogant are merely projecting onto him. All in all, a great read, I would recommend this book to anyone, of any age, maybe a great book to bring a family together in reading about "The Magic of Reality".
Date published: 2011-10-16

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The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

by Richard Dawkins

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451690134

ISBN - 13: 9781451690132

From the Publisher

Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? Starting with the magical, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.

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.

Dave McKean was born on December 29, 1963 in Maidenhead, England. He is an illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, filmmaker and musician. McKean is best known for his regular collaboration with Neil Gaiman. MirrorMask, McKean's first feature film as director and visual designer, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005. The screenplay was written by Neil Gaiman.
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