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  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780552778053
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99
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The Magic of Reality

How we know what's really true




A stunning collaboration between a world-famous scientist and outstanding illustrator

What are things made of? What is the sun? Why is there night and day, winter and summer? Why do bad things happen? Are we alone? Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these.Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu’s egg?Or what about the great catfish that carries the world on its back?Has anyone ever told you that earthquakes are caused by a sneezing giant? These fantastical myths are fun – but what is the real answer to such questions? The Magic of Reality, with its explanations of space, time, evolution and more, will inspire and amaze readers of all ages - young adults, adults, children, octogenarians.Teaming up with the renowned illustrator Dave McKean, Richard Dawkins answers all these questions and many more.In stunning words and pictures this book presents the real story of the world around us, taking us on an enthralling journey through scientific reality, and showing that it has an awe-inspiring beauty and thrilling magic which far exceed those of the ancient myths. We encounter rainbows, earthquakes, tsunamis, shooting stars, plants, animals, and an intriguing cast of characters in this extraordinary scientific voyage of discovery.Richard Dawkins and Dave McKean have created a dazzling celebration of our planet that will entertain and inform for years to come.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780552778053
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is author of The Selfish Gene, voted The Royal Society's Most Inspiring Science Book of All Time, and also the bestsellers The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor's Tale, The God Delusion, and two volumes of autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder and Brief Candle in the Dark. He is a Fellow of New College, Oxford and both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world’s top thinker in Prospect magazine’s poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.

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Praise for The Magic of Reality

“Dawkins has a gift for making science enjoyable ... [He is] one of the greatest scientific writers/explainers of all time.”

Bill Gates


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