What 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 renowned 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. Buy The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins on Waterstones.com (http://bit.ly/pkXDvV) or in your local Waterstone’s store: http://bit.ly/85YOJ9

Category: Science, Weekend

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5 Responses to “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins”

  1. bmz says:

    I can guarantee you that you won’t find this in school libraries in Texas.

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  3. GuyInIrvine says:

    Dawkins is a famous atheist with a predetermined worldview. Why trust him for science or to explain this world?


    BR: Its all about the process.

    What do you trust more, the scientific method, with its built in self-criticism, provisional explanations subject to revision as more data accrues — versus doctrinal faith or secular ideology?

  4. gordonq says:

    Follow High Priest Richard Dawkins to a bland world run by technocrats. Forget quaint diversities of cultures and regions created by diverse views. Everybody must think the same and ultimately look the same. How about a race of robots that can be scrapped and recycled into newer models on a regular basis as new efficiencies are discovered by the elite technocrats? Naw, I’ll stick with my quaint views while I can and I don’t care what Texas does with the book.

  5. genesis315 says:

    Mr. Ritholtz, I would say that the same people who deal in outright lies and half truths in the financial world exist in the science world. I would guess that a great many of them are the same people. Worshipers of the material world who probably feel invincible. Science is bought and sold like any other commodity.