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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; First Thus edition (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552778052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552778053
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dawkins has a gift for making science enjoyable ... [He is] one of the greatest scientific writers/explainers of all time." (Bill Gates)

"From the first sentence it reads with the force and fluency of a classic ... a luminous, authoritative prose that transcends age differences" (The Times)

"Stunning in appearance ... the book is a triumph" (New Scientist)

"The text is persuasive whatever one's age ... the chapter on rainbows has the clearest explanation of how they appear that I've ever seen" (Financial Times)

"I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am" (Ricky Gervais)

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An inspiring introduction to science and a fascinating exploration of the natural world.

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I am glad that Dawkins has decided to write a popular science book to include a younger audience. The clarity and humour with which he deftly expounds factual reality (is there any other kind), deserves to be accessible to all.

I read the 265 pages of this book within 24 hours of having received it, not through lack of content, rather because the content was so logical, amusing and beautifully illustrated. Award winning Dave McKean should take some credit here. The Dali-esque depictions of imaginary creatures from other planets were some of my favourites. Pictures aside, if I find a book dull, I fall to sleep very quickly. Despite being familiar with much of the content, I was riveted.

The format of each chapter deserves a mention.
1)Start with a popular misconception about how something was once thought to be explained.
2)Demonstrate the poverty of the myth's ability to generate new and real information.
3)Observe the peculiar, mythological attempt at logic, laugh hard
4)Proceed with the actual, testable and scientific explanation.

Where a question lies outside the boundaries of current understanding or Dawkins personal expertise, he is quick to point this out. Given the title of the book, I was pleased to see that no attempts were made to fudge answers (a standard I would expect), though at times I do suspect a little false modesty.

Being critical, I think a problem that a book like this must face is where to start, because the assumption of prior scientific knowledge would risk losing the target audience. Therefore, popular science aficionardos may find this slow to start. However, the apparently randomly ordered chapter subjects build well upon each other to reveal some of the most interesting content later on.
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I'm a huge fan of Richard Dawkins. Despite the claims of his detractors, he is consistently calm and polite when arguing with people who disagree with his views, and his books -- oh, if only his detractors would read and understand them! -- are all lucid, thought-provoking and educational. For Dawkins to produce a book aimed at instilling in young readers a sense of wonder in the magic of the real world was a bold but commendable step. His approach, outlining the myths used by superstitious people to explain what they don't understand then showing how the real explanations are both more satisfying and convincing, is original and effective.

The problem with the book is that it only sometimes achieves what its cover says it intends: to explain HOW we know what's really true. Dawkins has run up against the obstacle that confronts every science teacher at every level. Science has given us so huge and so deep an understanding of our planet and the universe that it is by now impossible to detail the evidence for everything we know to be true. The consequence is science teaching that is often decried as a "wall of facts". There is so much to be learned it allows little room for presentation of the people who made the discoveries and the evidence on which the discoveries were based.

Newton's laws of gravity, Darwin's theory of evolution and Einstein's theories of relativity retain the names of the people who assembled the evidence, but for most familiar scientific "facts" we no longer have any idea whose work and what evidence lay behind their discovery. It is therefore disappointing that a book that sets out to explain how we know what is real so often follows the wall of facts approach.
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A thoroughly excellent and charming read. I would highly recommend this book to anybody regardless of age or experience. As a young man with a fairly good knowledge of popular science I still found myself learning a lot of knew things, and even if I hadn't, the sheer clarity of thought and beauty of the writing would make it more than worthwhile. Not to mention some outstanding illustrations from Dave Mckean.

It should be on the shelves in every household for so many reasons, but I can imagine for parents looking to educate their children in critical thinking then this would be perfect. I certainly would have liked a book like this to have been available in my younger years! I think particularly the structure of the book provides an excellent framework for the content, with each chapter asking one of the profound questions which we have all asked at some point. A must buy.
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I think it was Carl Sagan who once said that the awe of understanding is so much greater then the awe of ignorance (or something thereabouts). What he meant was that religious myths are amazing and beautiful. The myth of genesis and the tribal myths of the world all have their peculiar poetic lushness, but the real truth, the real magic of reality, is so much much better. Take for example the age of the universe, or evolution - understanding the scales and the time-scales of these events is truly mind boggling! This is what Richard attempts to do here. The book takes a look at things like the birth of the universe, rainbows, the beginnings of life, matter, earthquakes etc etc and looks at them from firstly the perspective of religion and myth - and then from the perspective of science. Science is the best tool man has of understanding the universe and a lot of what book is about is WHY science is the better method. It's also a great book because it teaches children (and adults) how to think for themselves. It's beautifully written as expected from richard and beautifully illustrated. One thing I would add is that this book is dying to be purchased in hardback because the larger size and better quality paper does the images more justice! Don't wait for the paperback version! Get the hardback version. It's only £10. A requirement for any respectable bookshelf!
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