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

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 11, 2012 - Science - 272 pages
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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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Fantastic book. Like Lawrence Krauss says, the book would do even for adults. Well-written, but most importantly gets rid of misconceptions which are encouraged in children. One book which distinguishes between myths and what's true. You've got to read it.

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Good book with clear insights and straightforward statements. However, he gets a bit lost sometimes trying to fetch too much explanations for everything, from life on earth to earthquakes. It is easy to lose track of what he wants to say with all those explanations. It feels like too much 'filling the gaps'. All in all, it is a good and well written book. 

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Who was the first person?
Why are there so many different kinds of animals?
What are things made of?
Why do we have night and day winter and summer?
What is the sun?
What is a rainbow?
When and how did everything begin?
Are we alone?
What is an earthquake?
Why do bad things happen?
What is a miracle?

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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

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