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

The Magic of Reality

How We Know What's Really True

By: Richard Dawkins, Dave McKean (Illustrator)

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Published: 1st August 2012
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
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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.

About the Author

Richard Dawkins's phenomenal bestseller The God Delusion has become an iconic book for our time. He was first catapulted to fame with The Selfish Gene, which he followed with a string of bestselling books: The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale and a collection of his shorter writings, A Devil's Chaplain.

Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award (1987), the Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society (1990), the International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science (1997), the Kistler Prize (2001), the Shakespeare Prize (2005), the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science (2006) and the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award (2007).He retired from his position as the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University in 2008 and remains a fellow of New College.

In 2008 Channel 4 broadcast a three-part television series, The Genius of Charles Darwin, written and presented by Richard Dawkins, examining the legacy of the great scientist and some of the issues covered in Dawkins's new book, The Greatest Show on Earth.

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      Contrary to the description, the paperback contains NO illustrations. WIthout the wonderful illustrations, the book is stuffy, boring, unreadable. I am demanding a refund.

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      Fantasic book, I can definitely see this as a great resource for older children. The paperback version lacks the fantastic illustrations though, which are great for engaging the target audience.

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      "Dawkins has a gift for making science enjoyable ... [He is] one of the greatest scientific writers/explainers of all time." Bill Gates "From the first sentence it reads with the force and fluency of a classic ... a luminous, authoritative prose that transcends age differences" The Times "Stunning in appearance ... the book is a triumph" New Scientist "The text is persuasive whatever one's age ... the chapter on rainbows has the clearest explanation of how they appear that I've ever seen" Financial Times "I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am" -- Ricky Gervais

      Richard Dawkins

      Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, author and outspoken atheist. He has established himself as a biological guru with the publication of books detailing and expanding upon Darwinian theory. Wired Magazine says this "Revolutionary Evolutionist" is the first true ethologist of the gene. Richard Dawkins has been concerned to convince the literate public that they must now take evolutionary theory seriously as the context within which to think about ourselves and the world and he strives to bring his theories to an audience of lay readers through comprehensible analogies and clear writing.The Wall Street Journal said his "passion is supported by an awe-inspiring literary craftsmanship." The New York Times Book Review has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that he forces his reader to understand them too." Among his books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil's Chaplain,The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.

      Personal
      Born March 26, 1941, son of Clinton John (a farmer) and Jean Mary Vyvyan (Ladner) Dawkins; married author Marian Stamp, August 19, 1967 (divorced, 1984); married Eve Barham, June 1, 1984 (divorced); children-Juliet Emma; married actress Lalla Ward, 1992. Education: Balliol College, Oxford University, B.A., 1962, M.A., 1966, D.Phil., 1966.

      Career
      University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of zoology, 1967-69; Oxford University, Oxford, England, lecturer in zoology and fellow of New College, 1970-90, reader in zoology, 1990-95; Evolutionary biologist and the Charles Simonyi Professor For The Understanding Of Science at Oxford University; Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in May, 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.

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      ISBN: 9780552778053
      ISBN-10: 0552778052
      Audience: General
      For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
      For Grades: 10 - 12
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 272
      Published: 1st August 2012
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 12.6  x 1.7
      Weight (kg): 0.22
      Edition Number: 1