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

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

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By (author) Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science Richard Dawkins, Illustrated by Dave McKean

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  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Format: Paperback | 267 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 20mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 9 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1451675046
  • ISBN 13: 9781451675047
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 263,502

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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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"I am often asked to recommend good books on science for young people. From now on, I will not have to hesitate. "The Magic of Reality" provides a beautiful, accessible and wide ranging volume that addresses the questions that all of us have about the universe, separating often too-little known facts from too-frequently believed fictions. For this reason it should be a powerful resource for people of all ages, written with the masterful and eloquently literate style of perhaps the best popular expositor of science, Richard Dawkins, and delightfully illustrated by Dave McKean. What more could anyone ask for?" --Lawrence Krauss is Foundation Professor and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and the author most recently of "Quantum Man", and "A Universe from Nothing"