The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
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.... show more
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.
Publish date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Free Press
Pages no: 271
Edition language: English
However good it is - never, ever, ever buy it for your children.
This is a review to the Indonesian edition published by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia (2015). It has been ages since I bought a non-fiction, let alone a scientific non-fiction (I had my days when I read heaps of books on socialism). I have my regret that I did not bought those Selidik National Geog...
And adults would enjoy this one too. Lot of information put into concise and interesting ways. As Richard Dawkins is aiming at young readers, he made things simple, direct and readily comprehensible. As I got the hard cover with lot of color pages, it is a wonderful read. Good coffee table book i...
bookshelves: nonfiction, published-2011, winter-20112012, fraudio, kiddlewinks, philosophy Read from January 03 to February 02, 2012 ** spoiler alert ** mp3(GRAD-grynd)MEANING:noun: Someone who is solely interested in cold, hard facts. ETYMOLOGY: After Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian mill-owne...
Knocking out ignorance with the 1 - 2 punch of exposing religious myths for what they are and explaining the scientific facts that have replaced the myths. And fantastic illustrations to boot.