The Magic of Reality

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

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Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780552778053
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Black Swan
Pub date:
DEWEY: 501
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 266
Weight: 220g
Height: 198mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 18mm