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The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's…

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True (2011)

by Richard Dawkins, Dave McKean (Illustrator)

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Ricky Gervais says of The Magic of Reality: “I wanted to write this book but I wasn’t clever enough. Now I’ve read it, I am.” I've found that Dawkins gets more readable the more he writes. Simpler than Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (simpler, of course, because this was written for children and young adults, but I venture to say that a considerable percentage of the American voting population could learn something from this book), Dawkins does a wonderful job addressing myths and reality in a rational, non-confrontational way - atypical for the Dawkins of late...the non-confrontational, that is.

Recommended. Even for adults. Especially for children. ( )
1 vote Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
B üyünün pek çok çeşidi var. Doğaüstü büyü, atalarımızın bilimsel yöntemi geliştirmeden önce dünyayı açıklamak için kullandıkları büyüdür. Eski Mısırlılar gecenin varlığını, tanrıça Nut'un güneşi yutmasıyla açıklamışlardı. Vikingler gökkuşağının, tanrıların dünyaya uzanan köprüsü olduğuna inanıyorlardı. Japonlar depremleri dünyayı sırtında taşıyan dev bir kedibalığının kuyruğunu sallamasıyla açıklıyorlardı. Bunlar büyü içeren, sıradışı masallar. Ama bir başka büyü türü daha var ve bu büyü bu sorulara gerçek cevaplar keşfederken yaşadığımız keyifte yatıyor. Bu sözünü ettiğim, gerçeğin büyüsü, yani bilim.Zeki düşünce deneyleri, göz kamaştıran resimler ve ağzınızı açık bırakacak gerçeklerle Gerçeğin Büyüsü şaşırtıcı derecede geniş bir yelpazedeki doğa olaylarını açıklıyor. Madde neden yapılmıştır? Evren kaç yaşındadır?

Tsunamilere neden olan şey nedir? Neden bu kadar çok çeşit bitki ve hayvan var? İlk kadın veya erkek kimdi? Bu kitap sadece bilimsel ipuçlarını bulup çıkarmakla kalmayan, okuyucuyu da bir bilimci gibi düşünmeye teşvik eden çarpıcı bir dedektiflik hikayesi.
  Cagatay | Jun 9, 2016 |
Five stars means, to me, everyone should read it. And yes, this book is clearly enough written for a bright 8 year-old & interesting enough to be shared by a mulit-generational family. It's full of enough information and very nifty pictures that I, evn though I have already read & studied a lot of science, am reading it word-for-word. I'm also buying it for my husband - he doesn't read much non-fiction because the genre still means 'textbook' to him, but he's always wondered 'so how do scientists know what they claim to know?'- this answers that in every chapter!

I'm recommending it to folks who didn't get all they needed from the much longer, and dated, [b:A Short History of Nearly Everything|21|A Short History of Nearly Everything|Bill Bryson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386925434s/21.jpg|2305997] (and imo that means everyone who read it or thinks they might some day). I'm also recommending it to teachers & voters & business-people & politicians & journalists....

Good science is not only important, it is awe-inspiringly magically beautiful. And it's all made clear by Dawkins' text and McKean's art.

My only quibble is that Dawkins often has to say things like 'beyond the scope of this book' but that he doesn't give guidance, as for instance an annotated bibliography, where an interested reader could go for more exploration. But then, maybe that's in the companion iPad app. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Excellent explanations of common scientific theories well written for the intended audience (8-14 year olds). As an adult with a decent understanding of science I sometimes found it a little over-explained and occasionally Dawkins repeats himself to make a point stick. Even so I found a great deal of value in the book and definitely took note of several sections which would help to explain scientific theories to others. The section on evolution was particularly well explained. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
The Magic of Reality is a science book for children. In this book, Richard Dawkins claims that the scientific world is full of what he calls ‘poetic magic'. He defines this as something “deeply moving, exhilarating: something that gives us goose bumps, something that makes us feel more fully alive.” Each chapter of the book focuses on a different area of science and begins with a question such as, “What are things made of?” or “Who was the first person?” or “When and how did everything begin?” Dawkins does an excellent job illustrating this magic in the world. From the tiniest subatomic particles right before my eyes, to galaxies unfathomable distances away, this book left me in awe of just about everything. The sheer magnitude of the universe, evolution, the structure of atoms—all of it is absolutely mind blowing. There were times I had to put the book down because contemplating the universe became too much. The book is also accompanied by beautiful illustrations weaving their way in and out of the text.

This book is its unapologetic attempt to convert children to atheism. Dawkins’s attitude towards those with religious beliefs is often arrogant and condescending. I would have enjoyed the book more if he had focused on his scientific arguments and refrained from belittling the opposition to prove his point.
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  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
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as Richard Dawkins confirms again and again in this book – his first for "a family audience" – science composes stories as thrilling as Homer, as profound as Job, and as entertaining as anything by Kipling.
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The author of "The God delusion" addresses key scientific questions previously explained by rich mythologies, from the evolution of the first humans and the life cycle of stars to the principles of a rainbow and the origins of the universe.

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