From the Publisher
Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors
invoked in order to explain the world before they developed the
scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by
suggesting that a goddess swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a
rainbow was the gods' bridge to earth. Aside from these
extraordinary tales, there is another kind of magic that lies in
the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these
questions. It is the magic of reality-science.
Packed with dazzling illustrations and jaw-dropping facts, The
Magic of Reality explains a wide range of natural phenomena. Having
spent his career elucidating the wonders of science for adult
readers, Richard Dawkins has now teamed up with acclaimed artist
Dave McKean to share the magic of science with readers of all ages:
What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? Why are there so
many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman?
This is a stunning, illustrated guide to the secrets of our
world-and the universe beyond.