New Dawkins Book - October 4 Cant Wait to Get it for my Kids!!!!!!!!!!

Here's the reviews and description from Amazon:






"I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am"

--Ricky Gervais

“Exhilarating. The clearest and most beautifully written introduction to science I've ever read. Again and again I found myself saying "Oh! So that's how genes work!" (or stars, or tectonic plates, or all the other things he explains). Explanations I thought I knew were clarified; things I never understood were made clear for the first time. My favourite adjective of praise has always been "clear", and this book has clarity all the way through.”--Philip Pullman, author of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ and the His Dark Materials trilogy

“I am often asked to recommend good books on science for young people. From now on, I will not have to hesitate. The Magic of Reality provides a beautiful, accessible and wide ranging volume that addresses the questions that all of us have about the universe, separating often too-little known facts from too-frequently believed fictions. For this reason it should be a powerful resource for people of all ages, written with the masterful and eloquently literate style of perhaps the best popular expositor of science, Richard Dawkins, and delightfully illustrated by Dave McKean. What more could anyone ask for?”

—Lawrence Krauss is Foundation Professor and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and the author most recently of Quantum Man, and A Universe from Nothing

Product Description

Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting 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—earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its tail. 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 clever thought experiments, dazzling illustrations and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning, graphic 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, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist and one of science education’s most passionate advocates, has spent his career elucidating the wonders of science for adult readers. But now, in a dramatic departure, he has teamed up with acclaimed artist Dave McKean and used his unrivaled explanatory powers to share the magic of science with readers of all ages. This is a treasure trove for anyone who has ever wondered how the world works. Dawkins and McKean have created an illustrated guide to the secrets of our world—and the universe beyond—that will entertain and inform for years to come.

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Comment by Morgan Matthew on September 1, 2011 at 11:44am

Awesome :] +1

Comment by Katrin Schwarz on September 24, 2011 at 7:42pm

Auckland Library has sixteen on order  I'm obviously not the only one to request it :]  My kids (and me) are number 28 on the wait list.  This sounds like exactly the kind of material that we need in order to counter the religious woo that engulfs our kids.  I hope that my kids find it fascinating. 


Comment by Marc Poulin on October 4, 2011 at 4:39pm

Just bought my copy today. My daughter is only 5, but I'm sure it will serve her later. I've only glanced at it but I can't wait to read it cover to cover.

Comment by Katrin Schwarz on November 22, 2011 at 5:26am

What an extraordinary book.  Way beyond my expectations.  Dawkins makes complex science easy to understand and enjoyable.  My Kids (8 and 10) are actually enjoying reading a science book! The book gently introduces scientific method and absolutely conveys how to tell reality from woo. It introduces and explains a whole host scientific subjects simply and beautifully.

Comment by Katrin Schwarz on December 9, 2011 at 10:48pm

We have had this book out from the library for a month now and it's due to go back soon, so we checked the waiting list to see if we could renew it for another month.  Fat chance the waiting list is sitting at 89.  The library now has 28 copies, up from 16 a six weeks ago.  Encouraging to see the dmand climbing as people hear about it.

Comment by Katrin Schwarz on December 16, 2011 at 5:41am

Went out and bought a copy.  It's just too good not to have handy when there is so much religious woo around.


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