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

Author(s): Richard Dawkins


An inspiring introduction to science and a fascinating exploration of the natural world.


Magic takes many forms. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting that the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods' bridge to earth. The Japanese used to explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish that carried the world on its back - and earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its tail. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of magic, which lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality - science. It is packed with inspiring explanations of space, time, evolution and clever thought experiments, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of How old is the universe? What causes tsunamis? Who was the first man, or woman?


This is a page-turning, inspirational detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist too. In this special text - only edition of the original colour illustrated hardback, Richard Dawkins' own inimitable clarity and exuberance can be especially appreciated as he elucidates the wonders of the natural world to all ages.

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An inspiring introduction to science and a fascinating exploration of the natural world.

"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 has written a string of bestselling books, including the phenomenal The God Delusion. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature, and has won numerous awards. He was a professor at Oxford University until 2008 and he remains a fellow of New College.

General Fields

  • : 9780552778053
  • : Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • : Black Swan
  • : 0.222
  • : July 2011
  • : 198mm X 127mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Dawkins
  • : Paperback
  • : 812
  • : Dave McKean
  • : English
  • : 500
  • : 320
  • : Black and white illustrated chapter headings