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The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True (Unabridged)

by Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day? The myths that address these questions are beautiful, but in every case their beauty is exceeded by the scientific truth. With characteristic clarity and verve, Dawkins answers these big questions. Looking first at some of the myths that arose to answer the question, he then, dazzles us with the facts. He looks at the building blocks of matter, the first humans, the sun - explaining the life and death of stars; why there’s a night and a day - ranging from our solar system to the inner workings of our planet; what a rainbow really is—going from the rainbow in your backyard to the age of the universe; and finally, he poses a question that still baffles scientists: When did everything begin?

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Steve Kimball

Everyone should listen to this audio book it could change the world for better.

Great book for teaching the basics!

Many have complained that the book is infintile but that was the point. It was meant to be put in lemans terms so all could understand from age 9-99 yrs. There is not much out there for my daughter on the related topic and it is nice to be able to read and listen (we bought the hard copy too) the stories together so I can explain each chapter so she better understands the world around us that we live in. I hope there are more books like this to come especially for children and young adults.


This book does a terrific job at explaining how things work on a basic level. Even children and creationists could probably understand it.

Richard Dawkins, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Richard Dawkins & Lalla Ward
  • Published: 2011
  • Category: Science
  • Provider: Simon & Schuster Audio
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