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  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780552778053
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $27.99
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The Magic of Reality

How we know what's really true




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. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality - science.

Packed with inspiring explanations of space, time and evolution, laced with humour and clever thought experiments, The Magic of Reality explores 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.

Richard Dawkins elucidates the wonders of the natural world to all ages with his inimitable clarity and exuberance in a text that will enlighten and inform for generations to come.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780552778053
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $27.99

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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