The Magic of Reality: How we know what's really true (Paperback)
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The Magic of Reality: How we know what's really true (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages
Published: 21/06/2012
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Magic takes many forms. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting that the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods' bridge to earth. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality - science.

Packed with inspiring explanations of space, time and evolution, laced with humour and clever thought experiments, The Magic of Reality explores a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? What causes tsunamis? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning, inspirational detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist too.

Richard Dawkins elucidates the wonders of the natural world to all ages with his inimitable clarity and exuberance in a text that will enlighten and inform for generations to come.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552778053
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 216 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 17 mm


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Dawkins has a gift for making science enjoyable ... [He is] one of the greatest scientific writers/explainers of all time. - Bill Gates

From the first sentence it reads with the force and fluency of a classic ... a luminous, authoritative prose that transcends age differences - The Times

Stunning in appearance ... the book is a triumph - New Scientist

The text is persuasive whatever one's age ... the chapter on rainbows has the clearest explanation of how they appear that I've ever seen - Financial Times

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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“a brilliant introduction”

I've bought this for a child in my life, and can't wait to start reading it to her. For all of the religious influences around her in her life, I was relieved that this was brought out so that you can start... More

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“Subtly brilliant!”

This book is aimed at a broader more ' less academically ' educated audience, not to say it's not scientific. I myself am a chemistry graduate and still baffled at the lack of knowledge i have i this... More

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“Sadly Necessary”

It is almost inconceivable that, in the twenty-first century, Richard Dawkins felt the need to write a book like the Magic of Reality, but the sad fact is that he was probably correct: scientific ignorance seems to be... More

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