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The Magic of Reality | [Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward]

The Magic of Reality

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?
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Publisher's Summary

  • 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 listeners of all ages - young adults, adults, children, octogenarians. 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, earthquakes, tsunamis, shooting stars, plants, animals, and an intriguing cast of characters in this extraordinary scientific voyage of discovery. Richard Dawkins has created a dazzling celebration of our planet that will entertain and inform for years to come.

Read by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward. Also available in hardback, fully illustrated by Dave McKean.

©2011 Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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    guilio BALDOCK, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    guilio BALDOCK, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant Book"

    A real book on time and space and reality and so easy to understand.

    I love it. Well recemended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ben CHELMSFORD, United Kingdom 07/10/2013
    Ben CHELMSFORD, United Kingdom 07/10/2013 Member Since 2013

    nerd, programmer, love sailing and the ocean in general. Enjoy the pursuit of intellect.

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    "Not his best work"

    I really liked the authors other book "The God Delusion" and even though this book was presented in the same manor, it did seem rather simple. This could just be my personal perspective but nothing in this book was groundbreaking and I would not recommend it to the average person. Bordering of boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Glastonbury, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Mark Glastonbury, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Dry, lifeless a poor follow up, nothing new here!"

    I finished this book a few days before Christmas and I find myself compelled to write this review. Having read other books by Richard I had just about forgiven him his evangelical fanaticism and righteousness because his earlier books were interesting.



    The Magic Of Reality? Nothing new to report here I am afraid. It is the same old argument backed up by well researched and quite frankly rather annoying scientific facts.



    Why Richard and Lalla cannot see that what they are doing is no better than religion I don't understand. It is why I don't like humanism, or the way humanists portray what they stand for.



    Nobody REALLY knows what is happening on Earth and in a Science is the new God world, let's not get lost on subtly making others wrong while following a pretence of inclusion of their views in the argument.



    Reality is of course magical. But there is no VERY FACT about it.



    As an argument against religion, this book makes a reasonable case.



    As a pro life argument, this book is boring, depressing dry and somewhat lacking in love.



    If you want the nuts and bolts of it then maybe this is for you.



    My investigations in life go deeper.



    I thank Richard and Lalla for shedding some light on the subject, but they really are the annoying Aunt and Uncle at a dinner party who appear to think they know everything in their delivery of this subject and frankly, it wasn't very entertaining.



    I actually want to get involved in some real magic now, some mythology and ritual.



    Having read several books I think I have come full circle and fancy being part of a religion with a few colourful characters.



    Richard Dawkins Magic Of Reality was just one shade too grey for me!



    Kind regards...

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    Sam London, United Kingdom 03/12/2011
    Sam London, United Kingdom 03/12/2011
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    "PATRONISING LOAD OF PATRONISING rubbish"

    Irritating book read as though it is for children (perhaps it is Dawkins simple and patronizing style is incredibly irritating for an adult with half a brain I would find this insulting even if I was a child it would irritate me!
    he fails to communicate the magic of science chop it up Dawkins bombs out

    1 of 40 people found this review helpful
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