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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) Richard Dawkins, Illustrated by Dave McKean

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 20mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 21 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552778052
  • ISBN 13: 9780552778053
  • Illustrations note: Black and white illustrated chapter headings
  • Sales rank: 11,683

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Magic takes many forms. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting that the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods' bridge to earth. 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 inspiring explanations of space, time and evolution, laced with humour and clever thought experiments, "The Magic of Reality" explores a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? What causes tsunamis? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning, inspirational detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist too. Richard Dawkins elucidates the wonders of the natural world to all ages with his inimitable clarity and exuberance in a text that will enlighten and inform for generations to come.

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Richard Dawkins has written a string of bestselling books, including the phenomenal The God Delusion. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature, and has won numerous awards. He was a professor at Oxford University until 2008 and he remains a fellow of New College.

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By Andrew Bezzina 26 Oct 2012 3

This version of the of the book is not illustrated. This should have been noted in the description of the book. This a text only version and not really ideal for children. .

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"From the first sentence it reads with the force and fluency of a classic ... a luminous, authoritative prose that transcends age differences" The Times "Stunning in appearance ... the book is a triumph" New Scientist "The text is persuasive whatever one's age ... the chapter on rainbows has the clearest explanation of how they appear that I've ever seen" Financial Times "I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am" -- Ricky Gervais "Prodigiously illustrated and beautifully designed ... I cannot think of a better, or simpler, introduction to science" Guardian

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Magic takes many forms. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting that the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods' bridge to earth. 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 inspiring explanations of space, time and evolution, laced with humour and clever thought experiments, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? What causes tsunamis? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning, inspirational detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist too. Richard Dawkins elucidates the wonders of the natural world to all ages with his inimitable clarity and exuberance in a text that will enlighten and inform for generations to come.