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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Richard Dawkins
Narrator: Richard Dawkins , Lalla Ward
Genres: Non-Fiction, Science & Technology, Social Science
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: October 2011
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods' bridge to earth. The Japanese used to explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish that carried the world on its back—earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its tail. 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 clever thought experiments, dazzling illustrations and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning, graphic detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.

Richard Dawkins, the world's most famous evolutionary biologist and one of science education's most passionate advocates, has spent his career elucidating the wonders of science for adult readers. But now, in a dramatic departure, he has teamed up with acclaimed artist Dave McKean and used his unrivaled explanatory powers to share the magic of science with readers of all ages. This is a treasure trove for anyone who has ever wondered how the world works. Dawkins and McKean have created an illustrated guide to the secrets of our world—and the universe beyond—that will entertain and inform for years to come.

Reviews (2)

Written by Josh Cosford on October 2nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Although many of the topics covered were already known to me, Dawkins has an eloquent delivery, and the material presented leaves no guessing as go the true nature of the universe.

Written by Philip Hodge on March 2nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

After reading and thinking about the concepts of virtual reality, I came to this book with the hope that it addressed the issue of what constituted "true reality". But that's not what this book is about. This is basically just Dawkins slamming creationists as simple minded and praising "science " and evolution as the "correct answers ". But here are a couple of things to consider: One - science doesn't know everything .Scientific "truths " accepted by all the experts often turn out to be wrong . Two - every group of people on the planet has evolved a theology . Doesn't that say something about who and what we are ?

Author Details

Author Details

Dawkins, Richard

Richard Dawkins is a world-renowned evolutionary biologist and author. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and, until recently, held the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. His first book, "The Selfish Gene", was an instant international bestseller, and has become an established classic work of modern evolutionary biology. He is also the author of "The Blind Watchmaker", "River Out of Eden", "Climbing Mount Improbable", "Unweaving the Rainbow", "A Devil's Chaplain", "The Ancestor's Tale", and most recently, "The God Delusion.

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