The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
An elegant, text-only paperback edition of the New York Times bestseller that’s been hailed as the definitive authority on…everything.
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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Ricky Gervais says of The Magic of Reality: “I wanted to write this book but I wasn’t clever enough. Now I’ve read it, I am.” I've found that Dawkins gets more readable the more he writes. Simpler ... Read full review
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Excellent explanations of common scientific theories well written for the intended audience (8-14 year olds). As an adult with a decent understanding of science I sometimes found it a little over ... Read full review
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?
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The Illustrated Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
Richard Dawkins,Dave McKean
Limited preview - 2012