The Magic of Reality

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

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Popular Science
Hardback Published on: 15/09/2011
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What are things made of?
What is the sun?
Why is there night and day, winter and summer?
Why do bad things happen?
Are we alone?

Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu's egg? Or what about the great catfish that carries the world on its back? Has anyone ever told you that earthquakes are caused by a sneezing giant? These fantastical myths are fun - but what is the real answer to such questions?

The Magic of Reality, with its explanations of space, time, evolution and more, will inspire and amaze readers of all ages - young adults, adults, children, octogenarians. Teaming up with the renowned illustrator Dave McKean, Richard Dawkins answers all these questions and many more. In stunning words and pictures this book presents the real story of the world around us, taking us on an enthralling journey through scientific reality, and showing that it has an awe-inspiring beauty and thrilling magic which far exceed those of the ancient myths.

We encounter rainbows, our genetic ancestors, tsunamis, shooting stars, plants, animals, and an intriguing cast of characters in this extraordinary scientific voyage of discovery. Richard Dawkins and Dave McKean have created a dazzling celebration of our planet that will entertain and inform for years to come.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780593066126
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 1070g
  • Dimensions: 254 x 198 x 25 mm

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The Magic of Reality
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 relie... READ MORE
The Magic of Reality
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 ... READ MORE