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The Magic of Reality Audiobook

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

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Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective.

Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day? The myths that address these questions are beautiful, but in every case their beauty is exceeded by the scientific truth.

With characteristic clarity and verve, Dawkins answers these big questions. Looking first at some of the myths that arose to answer the question, he then, dazzles us with the facts. He looks at the building blocks of matter, the first humans, the sun - explaining the life and death of stars; why there’s a night and a day - ranging from our solar system to the inner workings of our planet; what a rainbow really is—going from the rainbow in your backyard to the age of the universe; and finally, he poses a question that still baffles scientists: When did everything begin?

©2011 Richard Dawkins, Ltd. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am." (Ricky Gervais)

“Exhilarating. The clearest and most beautifully written introduction to science I've ever read. Again and again I found myself saying 'Oh! So that's how genes work!' (or stars, or tectonic plates, or all the other things he explains). Explanations I thought I knew were clarified; things I never understood were made clear for the first time. My favourite adjective of praise has always been "clear", and this book has clarity all the way through.” (Philip Pullman, author of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ and the His Dark Materials trilogy)

I am often asked to recommend good books on science for young people. From now on, I will not have to hesitate. The Magic of Reality provides a beautiful, accessible and wide ranging volume that addresses the questions that all of us have about the universe, separating often too-little known facts from too-frequently believed fictions. For this reason it should be a powerful resource for people of all ages, written with the masterful and eloquently literate style of perhaps the best popular expositor of science, Richard Dawkins, and delightfully illustrated by Dave McKean. What more could anyone ask for?” (Lawrence Krauss is Foundation Professor and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and the author most recently of Quantum Man, and A Universe from Nothing)

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    mrcornet 10-19-17
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    "Well done basic introduction to science"

    This would be a good book for preteens. Easy to understand not to technical maybe a little too elementary for adults.

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    "great book"

    I recommend this book to everyone that is curious about fundamental science. I loved it.

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    A "Must Read" for the inquisitive mind that has grasped the truth about Fairy Tales

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    Blake 06-15-17
    Blake 06-15-17
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    "A great introduction to science"

    This book is an excellent introduction and explanation of many scientific concepts arranged in a superb flow from chapter to chapter. The change in voicing can be a little distracting at first, but it's easy to get used to.

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    Presley Sanderson 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excelent"

    Excellent topic of discussion, and it is wonderful to explore the "magic of reality." This book covers the magic of myth, fable, and religion and compares it to the "magic" of what is real. The personal story telling and coverage of the most intriguing aspects of our world and science comprises enjoyable exposure to ideas that seem fantastical but are solely of reality. It has us reflect on the idea that the explicability of something makes it no less magical.

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    Janet 02-25-17
    Janet 02-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A book for all who want to live in reality"

    Richard Dawkins is a genius. He is targeting one of the greatest problems in "modern" society. That is peoples continued love of mythology. Some of which may make great bedtime stories, but are lousy guidelines to live your life by. Which is in fact what hundreds of millions of people do.

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    Cheryl 12-20-16
    Cheryl 12-20-16
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    "Fantastic"

    A bit different from other Dawkins's books, great for introductory science! Myths are fascinatingly enjoyable.

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    Shane jones 12-15-16
    Shane jones 12-15-16
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    "Great delivery, great content!"

    To quickly summarize my feelings about this book I would say, this book is important for showing you why it's critical HOW you think about something. It talks about myths in a way without calling them stupid or ignorant but rather "what is more reasonable to believe?" and what cognitive biases play a role in our cognition. Thoroughly enjoyed this quick "read" and am glad I purchased it.

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    John 12-04-16
    John 12-04-16
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    "Dawkins is too cool for school"

    This should be studied in high school.
    Perfect introduction to what is meant by, evolution theory

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    Rick 11-12-16
    Rick 11-12-16
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    "nice"

    A sort of high school science fresher. One sad mistake. Glass is not a liquid and it does not flow slowly over hundreds of years.

    I do enjoy Dawkins so much. He is so smart and so good at explaining his subjects. But he is never condescending.

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