I love Dawkins in general but this is pretty much just a rehashing of previous work.
Great for a "first Dawkins book" reader.
The sub-head "How we know what's really true" led me to believe the book would be about how to refute and rebut arguments from the religious right on the validity of the Bible, etc.
Instead it's a rather dull science textbook written for pre-teenagers.
And unfortunately the woman's voice and intonation makes it seem that she is speaking to someone who doesn't understand English.
I like Hawkins, but not this.
I'll disclaim that I only read about half the book, giving it a solid try because I've liked other books by Dawkins. But this just had nothing that interesting or new for someone with a even cursory science education.
A good introductory science text with an emphasis on explaining away myths.I have listened to a couple of Dawkin's books and overall agree with what he and his partner have to say. I found the introductory chapters did a good job of explaining how science views and explains what reality is and the differences between data and observational based reality versus myths and beliefs based on misunderstanding and outright distortions. The latter chapters become a bit repetitious.
Although Dawkins and Ward do an adequate job of narrating, I think that the narration would be better done by professionals. Normally I like it when authors read their works, but in this case I am not so sure.
Yes. I would recommend it to younger people who would want to better understand how science views reality.
This one is ok, presented well, and I liked the presentation and the author, and narration of the team. Breaks it up from having one speaker the entire book. Appreciated the effort of gathering the knowledge presented, and when to say "I don't understand."
Now this tells you about the DNA, Universe, religion, myths.... type thing. Giving the science side of the house. All valid stuff and good. So if you've never listened to one of these "everything about everything" volumes then I recommend it, and learned a few more things. The slight bias is to describe how the science point of view is correct, and once you get past the stories, myths, and non-logic of the other beliefs, the science presented is "what's really true." But that is what their theme is, so its on path with the sub-title. So, between the vast amount of science info, intermixed with the stated bias, its a lot of info and an interesting listen. I follow the science side of the house myself, but I also know that, 'what you believe is what's true for you and how you perceive the universe,' so... there's that. Enjoy, I recommend it.
The book was good at covering basis of scientific approach and basis of several scientific disciplines. However it lack depth and I found that in the end it did not give any extra compared to a comprehensive high school program (at least in Europe). Still recommended if you are not aware of the scientific method or ever thought fate was playing games on you.
Quite interesting narrative detailing numerous scientific phenomenon. Especially interesting mythological origins and superstitious beliefs.
My biggest problem was the jump from many scientific theories as undeniable fact. Many well accepted scientific facts --though out history-- persist until leaps in technology afford a better understanding!
A very interesting and informative read, that I found rather enjoyable.
Give it a try!
Although I found some segments oversimplified, this book provides very good explanations for those with a poor understanding of scientific concepts. unfortunately I'm not sure it will reach those who would benefit most. I did enjoy the comparisons of myth to science-based facts, very much, however a religious person would probably be infuriated by them, even though the science is explained in ways much better than I could convey to someone who doesn't understand something like evolution. I also enjoyed the dual narrators. The change in voices helps to hold attention especially while performing other tasks during which your mind might wander.
As a science degree-holder, this book was at times a bit below my "reading level", so to speak, as it explained many things which the average science enthusiast will already understand. I did still learn quite a few things, though - like how a rainbow is formed - and formed a more comprehensive understanding of still more concepts, so it was definitely an enjoyable listen.
I really think this book would be wonderful for those newly-introduced to or ill-informed on science. It does a great job deconstructing pseudoscience, mythical thinking, and general irrationality, then following up with tested and true, evidence-based explanations for everything from the Big Bang to evolution and the color spectrum. Excerpts from different cultures' myths start off most chapters, followed by the actual scientific explanation of the phenomena the myths were attempting to grasp, which makes for a unique and engaging format.
Overall, a great listen that I'd recommend to anyone old enough to understand basic science. Hearing it in Richard Dawkins' own voice was a real treat, as well.