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

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 11, 2012 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 272 pages
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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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User Review  - Jo-jo - Goodreads

This book lets us realize how ridiculous myths are and why they are written. By giving one or two mythical explanations then the more complicated and more sensible. My favorite chapter was the last ... Read full review

Contents

What is reality? What is magic?
12
What are things made of?
76
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96
What is the sun?
118
What is a rainbow?
140
Are we alone?
182
What is an earthquake?
204
Why do bad things happen?
226
What is a miracle?
233
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Richard Dawkins is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was the inaugural holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the acclaimed author of many books including The Selfish Gene, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth. Visit him at RichardDawkins.net.

Dave McKean has illustrated and designed many award-winning comics and books as well as CD covers, a Broadway musical, and creatures for the Harry Potter films.

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