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"I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am"
“Exhilarating. The clearest and most beautifully written introduction to science I've ever read. Again and again I found myself saying "Oh! So that's how genes work!" (or stars, or tectonic plates, or all the other things he explains). Explanations I thought I knew were clarified; things I never understood were made clear for the first time. My favourite adjective of praise has always been "clear", and this book has clarity all the way through.”
—Philip Pullman, author of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ and the His Dark Materials trilogy
“I am often asked to recommend good books on science for young people. From now on, I will not have to hesitate. The Magic of Reality provides a beautiful, accessible and wide ranging volume that addresses the questions that all of us have about the universe, separating often too-little known facts from too-frequently believed fictions. For this reason it should be a powerful resource for people of all ages, written with the masterful and eloquently literate style of perhaps the best popular expositor of science, Richard Dawkins, and delightfully illustrated by Dave McKean. What more could anyone ask for?”
—Lawrence Krauss is Foundation Professor and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and the author most recently of Quantum Man, and A Universe from Nothing
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.
Dave McKean has illustrated and designed many award-winning comics and books as well as CD covers, a Broadway musical, and creatures for the Harry Potter films.
what a great educational book. everything made all the new knowledge interesting to me, especially the astrological parts. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by David Taylor
This book is far too simple for anyone who has graduated from high school. As an engineering student, I have learned very little from this, but would have possibly benefited when I... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
The myths are alright but it felt like a grade 12 science review. Better off watching Cosmos. Would not buy.Published 1 month ago by snowball
This book summarizes very well information only available from many, many other sources.Published 2 months ago by John Deakos
A good book for someone with a grade 8 education. I found the long parenthetical asides to be particularly annoying.Published 3 months ago by Richard J. Seabright
Love this book. I think it's aimed at younger readers, not sure. It's good for all ages. Things are explained in plain language and the book is so full of wonder and of course... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy Leanne
This was not really one of the best books I have read. There is some OK writing about science. There is some OK writing criticising any kind of mysticism. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jigme Datse
Just when you think you know a bit about a lot of things a book like this comes along. Everything in the universe is explained in terms that even I can understand. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian