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- DescriptionWhat 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 rewned 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, our genetic ancestors, 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.
- Author BiographyRichard Dawkins is the former Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University (1995-2008). His many bestsellers include The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion. Dave McKean has illustrated many award winning books and graphic novels, including Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and the Newberry and Carnegie Medal winning The Graveyard Book. He has created hundreds of album, comic and book covers, and has designed characters for two of the Harry Potter films. He has also directed two feature films, MirrorMask and Luna.
- Author(s)Richard Dawkins
- PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication01/09/2011
- SubjectNatural History: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBantam Press
- Content NoteIllustrated throughout with 4 colour integrated artwork
- Weight1070 g
- Width195 mm
- Height251 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Illustrator(s)Dave McKean
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- fishwish2404 Oct, 2012by
good fun book to explain some wonders of nature
Well - written and illustrated book, though I found some of the illustrations a bit creepy or overwhelming, mostly they enhanced the text. A fun way of approaching the subjects - a kind of "myth-busters" format. I'm going to give it to my niece and nephew (twins) for their 10th birthday soon. The best thing is that the science is right - some science books for kids say some pretty dubious things, but Prof Dawkins is a stickler for proper facts and this book is full of them.
- jackdean0118 Oct, 2011by
The Magic of Reality is a fantastic tool for explaining the world around us
I bought this product not only so I can learn more about the world around us, but so that my younger siblings could too. In that respect, this full colour book has done a fantastic job of introducing and summarasing a plethora of scientific topics, such as how evolution works, how stars began, and how earthquakes happen. Considering its price, I did not expect ~270 pages of beautifully illustrated and well written work, I thought it would be a simple 30-40 page children's book, but I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong. The only problem with this book is that it's a little too complex for young children, and as such would only recommend it for people who are 12 years of age or older.
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