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The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True Paperback – September 11, 2012
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--Lawrence Krauss is Foundation Professor and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and the author most recently of "Quantum Man", and "A Universe from Nothing"
"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 Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ" and the "His Dark Materials" trilogy
"I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am"
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- ASIN : 1451675046
- Publisher : Free Press; Reprint edition (September 11, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781451675047
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451675047
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Second, to those complaining about (or defending the virtue of) the book's apparent simplicity, stop pretending you aren't a layman. Isn't everyone else as sick as me of the endless complaints of books which they claim "dumb down" scientific subjects, as if the average Amazon reader in the market for scientific broadening is a trolling world-class scientist? We all know REAL scientists don't have time to review books on Amazon! Quit trying in vain to show off here.
Just review the effing book...and keep it real!
Here's mine: This is one of my favorite Richard Dawkins books. He may be aiming for children in the way the information is presented. But, I think most people (the average adult-like me) is not scientifically brilliant. We can quote basic facts about science, which we are most likely regurgitating anyway-not truly understanding. Dawkins gives simple, yet clear explanations for many scientific truths that escape me. He brings me closer to a clearer understanding of the world around me.
Aiming for children or not, this book will educate anyone who's highest level of science education was in an American high school 20 years ago, despite their viewing of countless Attenborough narrated documentaries.
Many of us think we understand evolution. Nonsense. Most people who say they understand it, have nothing more than a confused idea of it. For those people (of which I am one) you will find the section entitled, "Who was the first person?" a really great place to start. Having a firm grasp of the basic idea of evolution is the first step. Get that before you move on to weightier concepts. Most people have HEARD of evolution, fewer people actually study it.
This book will inspire children to ask deeper and more profound questions about the things they don't yet understand. Parents will fill in some of the many gaps in their own scientific shortcomings...so hopefully they will be able to have discussions with their children about science. It's either that, or look ignorant in front of your children as their knowledge surpasses yours by age fifteen. In fact, this should be a great book to read WITH your child. I am really looking forward to sharing it with my four-year-old in a few years.
Or, you could skip this one and pick up another volume of "biblical stories for children" such as Noah's Ark, or The Garden of Eden. What kind of parent will you be?
The Magic of Reality is an incredible book. It is very well written. Dawkins does not dumb it down nor does he use superfluous scientific jargon. For example, he proposes a basic question like “What are things made of?” then goes about describing carefully what we know about atoms and how we know what we know.
This book inspires me to learn more. It pushes me to think and rethink which is the essence of the scientific process. We should never be stagnant. There is a lot we don’t know, but this doesn’t mean the universe is unknowable instead it should push us to learn more.
I have worked in science and engineering for more than 60 years. The examples in the book were good. Perhaps a little too much 'talking down' to the readers, even if that was not the intention.
Some facts about geology that raised a niggling doubt about proof reading and editing. Los Angeles is not on the San Andreas Fault and the Lithosphere is much more than a few miles thick.
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I don't want to be unfair - I would have given the book five stars but for this failing.
This however is a book aimed at the intelligent child and I feel this should be made clear in the marketing blurb