Dawkins is a clear and deep thinker.
Every aspect of his writing is elegantly thought out for the reader's optimal absorption and thoroughly explained in precise detail, just like all of Dawkins' writing.
With this book, the microscope is dialed back so the reader can get a GENERAL introduction to all important scientific concepts and a primer in critical thought.
As usual, Dawkins and his wife deliver a smooth and enjoyable listening experience, with emphasis on words that only the author can deliver. The well planned division between the male and female voices make sections distinct and more memorable.
This is a must listen for everyone as is Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Selfish Gene. Magic of Reality first then the other two, in that order.
Dawkins does a wonderful job walking the reader through the basics of science. Even if you're familiar with all the concepts it's still fun to review.
However, Dawkins seems to have a need to bully any religious faith. That position subtracted from the enjoyment of the book.
I enjoyed the unique angles and perspectives on some of natures "magic". I enjoy complex phenomenon that is presented in bite size, easily digestible nuggets.
The chapter on stellar evolution was very well presented. The exobiology was a little too short, I would have enjoyed a longer more speculative chapter.
The chapter on evolution was well presented with imagery that was easy to grasp considering it covered millions of years.
Watch me pull a natural phenomena out of my hat.
I wish the book was longer and more expansive.
Dawkins took a pretty dry subject and made it very enjoyable. Asked some compelling questions and took me though some very mind expanding thought experiments. :)
This is a very informative explanation of basic scientific principles and some theory. The examples and explanations are memorable. I can't wait to explain why we will never find the base of a rainbow.
If you are committed to a religious interpretation of nature you will likely bristle at the author's insistence that all myths and legends be regarded equally. This is a even-handed analysis of supernatural explanations for reality and those who cling to the miraculous will probably have difficulty with it.
The science class I should have had in school.
The passion and knowledge of the subject.
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend if that friend does not keep up with science that well but was suddenly interested in a starting point. If you watch a lot of science documentaries or read science books regularly there is a good deal of overlap that is rehashed in this book. That being said, if you like Richard Dawkins, this is a worthwhile read even if you know most of the information because you also get the myths and the book is short enough that it can be quickly eaten up like candy.
This book is almost identical to Science Matters, which is also on Audible, except it adds the Mythical stories and Science Matters is more detailed. It is also very similar to all of Richard Dawkins' other books because he tends to reuse information from book to book.
I have listened to The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, and some of The Greatest Show On Earth and The Magic of Reality covers a much greater range of topics that touch on all the ideas presented in his previous books.
I feel so much like I am having a conversation with Mr. Dawkins and Ms. Ward. It is so wonderfull to be awestruck by the concepts he opens with logical arguments.
A personal touch. I feel as though they are explaing these things to me over a cup of coffee or most likley tea.
It made me sit back in awe at the sight of a rainbow.
A great book for a science minded teen.
I have read three of Richard Dawkins' books, so I know what to expect and those expectations are high. This book is written for young people, clearly. But I enjoyed it very much. He doesn't talk down to them, nor does he "preach." The book simply addresses many of humankind's myths that have developed over humanity's history to explain what was at one time unexplainable. Then he explains the facts as well as how and why we know what we know about those facts.
I think the book will fascinate young people who have a decent level of curiosity about science. I think it may also speak to the adult layperson if for no other reason than that it will not only tell delightful myths from across time and across the Earth, but it places them in the context of what we know now.
Dawkins and Lalla Ward did the same excellent job with narration that they did with "The Greatest Show on Earth", his adult book about the evolution of species.