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Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? Starting with the magical, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.

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The Magic of Reality
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4.3 / 5
September 27th, 2014
Suitable for ages 10 and up, this presents clearly how superstition fails. Science is amazing and fun. Dawkins writing for children remains a bit turgid, but less so than when writing for adults. Still, an excellent book, one I highly recommend.
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January 26th, 2014
AWEsome! The Magic of Reality unveils the mysteries of natures everyday wonders with the beauty of science. For those without much of a background in natural science, this book will foster a new look and appreciation for our natural world Great all ages, but with its' entertaining writing and context (comparing myth to recent scientific understandings) and clear, simple analogies, it would be an empowering introduction to science for youth with a budding interest So much fun, great read!
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Not too preachy
January 6th, 2013
A good early young adult level book that explains how reality is understood better through a scientific mindset Han a miraculous or supernatural one. Certainly deserves a spot on the bookshelf.
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