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Magic of Reality

Richard Dawkins


PUBLISHED: 21st June 2012
ISBN: 9780552778053
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Magic takes many forms. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions.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.
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PUBLISHED: 21st June 2012
ISBN: 9780552778053
ANNOTATION:
Magic takes many forms. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions.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.

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Magic takes many forms. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions.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.

Publisher Description

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.

Author Biography

Richard Dawkins has written a string of bestselling books, including the phenomenal The God Delusion. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature, and has won numerous awards. He was a professor at Oxford University until 2008 and he remains a fellow of New College.

Review

"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

Product Details

Author
Richard Dawkins
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0552778052
ISBN-13
9780552778053
Media
Book
Publisher
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Illustrator
Dave McKean
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Black and white illustrated chapter headings
Pages
272
Short Title
MAGIC OF REALITY
Language
English
Residence
ENK
Series
Black Swan
Subtitle
How we know what's really true
Publication Date
2012-06-21