The Magic of Reality

The Magic of Reality

How We Know What's Really True

Audiobook CD - 2011
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2011.
ISBN: 9781442341760
1442341769
Branch Call Number: 501
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (ca. 7 hr.): digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Ward, Lalla

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1aa
Sep 10, 2015

The writing and narration are clear. Its this generation's "One' Two, Three... Infinity". Appropriate for inquisitive children; adults should find it a bit too simple and pedantic.

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mahallett
Jan 14, 2014

it is quite daring how he approaches the religious stories, religious people will be offended. but the rest of us are not really allowed to be offended by religion.
we are told some religious organizations may be wrong but not religion itself.

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dragontongue
Jun 20, 2012

I found this a great read: not too technical, a broad introduction to the scientific method and main ideas of science, and a flow that keeps it interesting. Encourages critical thinking and intellectual development. My daughter enjoyed it as well, which I am quite pleased about - intellectually stimulating non-fiction that is fun to read. Highly recommended.

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mikescott1942
Jun 07, 2012

Mike Scott June 7 2012

Richard Dawkins is a "Flim Flam" man. Unfortunately he is a great speaker and is very dangerous! He only sounds knowledgeable on the subject of evolution when he has zero competition. The man can be very convincing.

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