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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User Review  - adam.currey - www.librarything.com

As the subtitle says, "how we know what's really true" - this book is about exploring the scientific method and how we know the things we know. It explores several specific questions about the world ... Read full review

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User Review  - 5hrdrive - LibraryThing

Good points, clear explanation, but man he can be condescending. I get it Richard, science is really all we need, now please stop talking to me like I'm four! Read full review

Contents

Who was the first person?
33
Why are there so many different kinds of animals?
55
What are things made of?
77
Why do we have night and day winter and summer?
99
What is the sun?
123
What is a rainbow?
145
When and how did everything begin?
161
Are we alone?
179
What is an earthquake?
199
Why do bad things happen?
215
What is a miracle?
237
Acknowledgements
259
Index
261
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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.

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