THE MAGIC OF REALITY – HARDCOVER

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THE MAGIC OF REALITY: HOW WE KNOW WHAT’S REALLY TRUE

illustrated by Dave McKean


Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods’ bridge to earth. The Japanese used to explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish that carried the world on its back—earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its tail. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality—science.

Packed with clever thought experiments, dazzling illustrations and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Realityexplains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning, graphic 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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  1. “The Magic of Reality” – Let’s just hope that in the future, in not very distant future let’s hope, this book which is complete jungle for eight out of ten grown up human minds, not mentioning ignorant bigots who is not worth to bear the name of “scientist”, will become a book of common knowledge for every child in every school on the planet earth.

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