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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 worlds most famous evolutionary biologist and one of science educations 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.

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Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the worldand#8217;s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, andlt;Iandgt;The Magic of Realityandlt;/Iandgt; explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? Starting with the magical, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.

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An elegant, text-only paperback edition of the New York Times bestseller that’s been hailed as the definitive authority on…everything.#LINK<>#

Packed with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning 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, has spent his career elucidating the wonders of science for readers. This is a treasure trove for anyone who has ever wondered how the world works. Dawkins’s guide reveals the secrets of our world&#8212;and the universe beyond. It will entertain and inform for years to come.

About the Author

RICHARD DAWKINS, is an evolutionary biologist, best selling author and outspoken atheist. He has established himself as a guru of evolution with the publication of books detailing and expanding upon Darwinian theory. Until his retirement this year, he was the Charles Simonyi Professor For The Understanding Of Science at Oxford University. He is the author most recently of The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. His other books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River out of Eden (ScienceMasters Series), Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Devil's Chaplain, The Ancestor's Tale, and The God Delusion.

Dawkins was Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001.The Galaxy British Book Awards named him Author of the Year in 2006 for The God Delusion, and in 2008 his TV program 'The Genius of Charles Darwin' won Best Documentary Series at the British Broadcast Awards. He was listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2007.

In his role as the Charles Simonyi Professor For The Understanding Of Science at Oxford University, Dawkins regularly talked to the public regarding his views on the wonders of science. DAVE MCKEAN has illustrated many award winning comics and books, including The Big Fat Duck Cookbook (Heston Blumenthal), What's Welsh For Zen (John Cale), Varjak Paw (SF Said), The Savage and Slog’s Dad (David Almond), Arkham Asylum (Grant Morrison), The Homecoming (Ray Bradbury), Wizard and Glass (Stephen King), The Graveyard Book, Wolves in the Walls, Coraline, Mr. Punch, Signal to Noise and Crazy Hair (all by Neil Gaiman).

He has written and illustrated the graphic novel Cages and short story collection Pictures That Tick, and is working on a new novel (Caligaro) and second volume of short stories.

He has designed and illustrated well over a hundred cd covers for artists as diverse as Michael Nyman, Rolling Stones, John Cale, Alice Cooper, Bill Laswell, Bill Buford, Counting Crows, Iain Ballamy, Tori Amos and Frontine Assembly.

He has designed a Broadway Musical (Lestat), creatures for the Harry Potter films, advertising campaigns for Kodak, Nike, Smirnoff, BMWMini and the British Government, and exhibited in Europe, America and Japan.

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DANE, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by DANE)
I wish this book had been on the school shelves when I was in junior high school. It would have completely changed the way I looked at science. Oh well, my loss but this generation's gain. EVERY parent, uncle, grandmother etc. should be ensuring the young adults in their lives read a copy of The Magic of Reality.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451675047
Author:
Dawkins, Richard
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
McKean, Dave
Subject:
General science
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Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
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Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120931
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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Pages:
272
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8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the worldand#8217;s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, andlt;Iandgt;The Magic of Realityandlt;/Iandgt; explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? Starting with the magical, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.
"Synopsis" by , An elegant, text-only paperback edition of the New York Times bestseller that’s been hailed as the definitive authority on…everything.#LINK<>#

Packed with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning 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, has spent his career elucidating the wonders of science for readers. This is a treasure trove for anyone who has ever wondered how the world works. Dawkins’s guide reveals the secrets of our world&#8212;and the universe beyond. It will entertain and inform for years to come.

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