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: 285,385

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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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"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