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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Dawkins Narrator: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exhilarating. The clearest and most beautifully written introduction to science I’ve ever read. Again and again I found myself saying ‘Oh! So that’s how genes work!’ (or stars, or tectonic plates, or all the other things he explains). Explanations I thought I knew were clarified; things I never understood were made clear for the first time. My favourite adjective of praise has always been ‘clear,’ and this book has clarity all the way through.” 

    Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy

  • “I am often asked to recommend good books on science for young people. From now on, I will not have to hesitate. The Magic of Reality provides a beautiful, accessible, and wide ranging volume that addresses the questions that all of us have about the universe…masterful and eloquently literate.” 

    Lawrence Krauss, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration; director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University; and author of A Universe from Nothing

  • “The great virtue of this volume…is that it leads the young along the path of logical thinking instead of piling fact upon fact in an effort to tell children what they should think.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Outstanding…Rather than oversimplifying things, Dawkins’ explanations demonstrate that life on earth is magical enough without tricks of the eye or supernatural theories…This book may be exactly what’s needed to increase science literary for readers of all ages.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darrin | 2/6/2014

    " This book if for my son. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mohammad Tanviruzzaman | 2/5/2014

    " Science's explanation can be more beautiful and amazing than any myth, miracle, or magic: Dawkins makes this point by picking up a series of questions (like: what is real? what is a rainbow? why do we have night and day, summer and winter? who is the first person? why are there so many kinds of life-forms? etc.), which haunt many of us time and again, and then he presents what the myths have to offer as the answer to each of those questions and what science has to offer; and through this journey one is introduced to a lot of important stuffs about science and moreover the way scientists go about applying scientific method to come up with answers. I liked Hume's neat idea for evaluating the plausibility of a "stated" miracle. The writing is lucid and often witty; should be a great read for youngsters even. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tina H. | 1/30/2014

    " While the author does not pit myth against science, he does a miraculous job of explaining the scientific truths behind what appears to be magical, without destroying the beauty. For those of you with iPads, there is an amazing app to download it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gretchen | 1/29/2014

    " I read this chapter by chapter with my precocious 10 year old and it was a great refresher of basic science for me as well as opening the door for discussions between her and I regarding science, religion, human development and critical thinking. Worth checking out. "

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