- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (Sept. 11 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451675046
- ISBN-13: 978-1451675047
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True Paperback – Sep 11 2012
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"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 wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am"
"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"
About the Author
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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An excellent book for someone who might have some questions about our world, a student interested in science, or someone who has studied the sciences (like myself). I even gave a copy to my 16 year old godson and he started reading it right away. I don't think anyone who reads this book (the illustrated version) will be disappointed.
I just have to keep alert and give the kids this book when they're ready for it... I'm afraid I'l forget and find it in the storage room when they're thirty, ha ha!
With his characteristic mastery of the perfect turn of phrase, Dawkins never fails to inform and entertain. If you have an adolescent in your family, or anyone new to science in your group of friends this is the book to give as a most worthwhile gift.
Another winner from this most respected and beloved scientist.
Thanks to people like Dawkins, my child is more inspired by science, and I myself have renewed my enthusiasm for all sciences. Now I'm going to watch some videos of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dr. Michio Kaku.
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