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he Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True by Richard Dawkins is an introduction to science meant for children. In this book, Richard Dawkins takes the common questions that cross people's minds at some point of time. It could be doubts on why bad things happen or confusion over what the sun is made of. In The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True, Richard Dawkins answers each of these questions and many more in an interesting manner.
By answering a series of questions, Richard Dawkins lays bare the theory of evolution and the mysteries of space and time. By the time readers skim through the book, they are sure to understand that reality is much more awe-inspiring and magical than the ancient myths, fables, and stories that were weaved around the creation of the world and the arrival of man on earth.
The book explains natural phenomena like the appearance of rainbows, the destructive power of a tsunami, and the charm of a shooting star in words, with the help of illustrations by David McKean that take the reader on an interesting scientific journey. Dawkins explains issues like DNA, the Doppler Effect, and even parallax effect.
About Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins, the author, is an evolutionary biologist and ethologist. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, he became an atheist in his early teens after reading about the theory of evolution.
Other books written by Richard Dawkins include The Selfish Gene, River Out Of Eden, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, Unweaving the Rainbow, and The God Delusion.
He studied biology in Oxford University. He worked as an assistant professor of zoology in the University of California, Berkeley, before shifting back to Oxford, where he was appointed as the Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is the author of several books and has also been involved in making many documentaries. He also set up the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
David McKean has illustrated many books, including Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Cages, and The Wolves in the Walls.