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    The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True (Free Press) (Hardback) By (author) Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science Richard Dawkins, Illustrated by Dave McKean

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    DescriptionMagic 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 reality--science. 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.


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    Title
    The Magic of Reality
    Subtitle
    How We Know What's Really True
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science Richard Dawkins, Illustrated by Dave McKean
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 271
    Width: 193 mm
    Height: 249 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 907 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781439192818
    ISBN 10: 1439192812
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 501
    BIC subject category V2: PDA, JFHF
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    DC22: 501
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 501
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A50090000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15220
    B&T Approval Code: A50890000
    Libri: ENGM1820
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FXZ
    Libri: ATHE2000
    BISAC V2.8: CGN007000
    LC classification: Q173 .D27 2011B
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    04 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Exhilarating. The clearest and most beautifully written introduction to science I've ever read. Again and again I found myself saying "Oh! So that's how genes work!" (or stars, or tectonic plates, or all the other things he explains). Explanations I thought I knew were clarified; things I never understood were made clear for the first time. My favourite adjective of praise has always been "clear," and this book has clarity all the way through." --Philip Pullman, author of "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ" and the "His Dark Materials" trilogy