What are things made of? What is the sun? Is there really life on other planets? Why do bad things happen?
Throughout history, people have invented fascinating stories to explain the world we live in. 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 are the real answers to such questions?
Professor Richard Dawkins has teamed up with renowned illustrator Dave McKean to take you on an amazing journey from atoms to animals, pollination to paranoia, the big bang to the bigger picture. See the wonder of science come alive in this beautifully illustrated guide to the greatest questions on earth – and some of the answers to them.
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It's the clearest and most beautifully written introduction to science I've ever read . . . Explanations I thought I knew were clarified; things I never understood were made clear for the first time. - Philip Pullman
I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am. - Ricky Gervais
Prodigiously illustrated and beautifully designed ... I cannot think of a better, or simpler, introduction to science. - Guardian
From the first sentence it reads with the force and fluency of a classic ... a luminous, authoritative prose that transcends age differences. - The Times
With fabulous illustrations by Dave McKean, Richard Dawkins' The Magic of Reality is an outstanding science book. Written in a simple. conversational style that will appeal to adults as well as teenagers, it really does explain complex subjects clearly. Every home should have a copy of this beautifully produced book. - The Bookseller
The Magic of Reality provides a beautiful, accessible and wide ranging volume that addresses the questions that all of us have about the universe...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, author of Quantum Man, and A Universe from Nothing.
A charming and free-ranging history of science. - Sunday Times
Stunning in appearance ... the book is a triumph. - New Scientist
This book may be exactly what's needed to increase science literacy for readers of all ages. - Publishers Weekly
The text is persuasive whatever one's age ... the chapter on rainbows has the clearest explanation of how they appear that I've ever seen. - The Financial Times
This book is primarily aimed at teenagers, but plenty of adults will get a kick out of it too...McKean's drawings bring the text to life brilliantly ... Dawkins writes convincingly about everything from chemistry to statistics. - Independent on Sunday
Dawkins uses a simple, brilliant technique highly appealing to young and old. - The Washington Post
Richard 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, The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth.
Dave McKean has illustrated many award-winning books and graphic novels, including Coraline and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, the latter winning both the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. 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.