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

Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world' s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? Starting with the magical, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.

Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world' s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? Starting with the magical, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Renowned science writer Richard Dawkins (THE SELFISH GENE) addresses a young audience for the first time. Dawkins begins with a straightforward account of the scientific method with relatable examples of unseen phenomena. His warm, grandfatherly tone and moderate pacing will surely captivate young listeners. The unprompted switches in narrators, however, are jarring, and Lalla Ward's inclusion seems unnecessary. THE MAGIC OF REALITY progresses to more complex topics such as evolution and astronomy through which Dawkins allows the scientific "magic" to dramatically unfold like a mystery. Dave McKean's bountiful illustrations are absent in the audio version. J.T. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
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