The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

I bought this book, The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins: How We Know What’s Really True, in February when I went to London for Darwin Day Lecture. I bought a few books from there and I did read most of them, but I also got copies of a book I already read, the well known The Selfish Gene (link at the end of this post with the review).
This book is aimed at teenagers, but it makes a fun read for adults as well. So I would recommend it to pretty much everybody.

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

The book starts with a chapter that analyses magic, supernatural, and science. After that there are chapters on different topics, for example rainbows. Most of these chapters begin with a few supernatural stories used by ancient (and, sadly, not so ancient) people to explain things that were beyond their comprehension. I found those stories fascinating, as he gives multiple examples on each topic from all over the world, from the ancient Egyptians to stories small tribes believed. There are also stories that we know in the western world, but not many and that is great, because I loved reading about the others that I wasn’t familiar with.

After this introduction, he goes on to explain how things really are, how rainbows are formed and how magical (as in awe inspiring) science really is. I really enjoyed the book and I think a teenager would enjoy it as well. Dawkins uses a few technical terms, but nothing too complicated and is neither too heavy on facts so it becomes dry.
My favourite chapter was the one entitled: Who was the first man, or woman? His explanation is so wonderfully constructed, really easy to follow and understand, but so imaginative.

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: Yes
Published by: Black Swan
Year it was published: 2011
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Science for young adults
Pages: 257

About the author: Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi in 1941. At 8 he moved to Oxford with his parents. He embraced Christianity until halfway through his teenage years, when he realized the theory of evolution was a logical explanation for life on Earth. He studied zoology at Balliol College, Oxford.
Dawkins was an assistant professor at Berkeley for two years, before returning to Oxford. He taught at New College, Oxford from 1970 and until he retired in 2004. In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
Other books by him are The God Delusion; Climbing Mount Improbable (a book I’ve read last year); The Selfish Gene; Science in the Soul.
Website & Social Media Links: Richard Dawkins Foundation, twitter account of Richard Dawkins.



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  • As you might guess, not an author I would normally seek out… yet I’m always open-minded and this does sound like an interesting book. Fortunately, I’ve never had any problem reconciling my faith with science (in particular, evolution).
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