The Magic of Reality

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

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Master science writer Richard Dawkins and celebrated illustrator and designer Dave McKean's groundbreaking graphic science book is now in paperback. 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 271 pages
  • 187.96 x 243.84 x 17.78mm | 780.17g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, color; 8 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1451690215
  • 9781451690217
  • 89,715

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"I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am"

--Ricky Gervais
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