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

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Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality expla ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Free Press (first published 2011)
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Ahmad  Ebaid
Jul 15, 2016 Ahmad Ebaid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: علوم, أديان
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عندما كنت (أي ريتشارد دوكنز) في عمر الثماني سنوات, انتقلت أسرتي للإقامة لفترة قصيرة في منزل يُطلق عليه اسم "كوكوز", يبلغ عمره نحو 400 سنة, بدعامات سوداء من الطراز المعماري التيودوري, ولم يكن مثيراً للدهشة, أن أسطورة اختصت بالمنزل حول كاهن توفي منذ زمن بعيد مخفي في ممر سري. وكانت تروّج قصة بأنك تستطيع سماع وقع أقدامه على درجات السلم, مع التواء؛ لأن السلم في أيام الشبح كان يحتوي على درجة زائدة.
وأتذكر السعادة التي كانت تغمرني وأنا أنقل القصة لأصدقاء المدرسة التي كنت بها. ولم يخطر ببالي قط أن أتساء
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Brian Clegg
Sep 13, 2011 Brian Clegg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surprising number of scientists feel that Richard Dawkins does the public understanding of science real harm through his belligerent attacks on religion, which turn off a good half of his potential audience, but no one can doubt that he has a talent for getting science, particularly biology, across to a general readership. This is his first attempt at a children's book (or rather a 'family' book as it is aimed at a wider readership) and it has much to praise.

The Magic of Reality is a solid fee
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
اگر چندان اهل تماشایِ مستندهای گوناگون در رابطه با چگونگی شکل گیریِ جهانِ پیرامونِ خودتان نیستید... و بهتر میدانید که با خواندنِ کتاب پی به این رازِ بزرگ ببرید... دوستانِ گرانقدر، من این کتاب را برایِ شروع پیشنهاد میکنم... توضیحاتِ کامل و بی نقص همراه با تصاویرِ دیدنی

البته همگی با چگونگیِ شکل گیریِ دنیا در قرآن و تورات و انجیل، آشنا شده ایم!!.. این کتاب را نیز بخوانید، بد نیست.. تفاوت هایِ جزیی با گفته هایِ پیامبران دارد.. به بزرگیِ خودتان ببخشید... مثلاً در این کتاب نگفته است که انسان از خاک و
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Caroline
May 20, 2015 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone whose knowledge of science is a bit shaky.
I am still sizzling with delight over my latest Dawkins' read - having soaked up its information like a hungry sponge. It leaves the reader totally awed and dazzled with the world. I’m humming with it. The birds (plump with protons and neurons, atoms and molecules) are singing louder than ever in the garden, and that amazingly mysterious and wonderful star that we call the sun, (roaring away converting hydrogen to helium), shines even more brilliantly in the blue sky as we make a sedate path rou ...more
Noah
Oct 12, 2011 Noah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I live in the United States in the 21st century. There is no greater danger to our species and our civilization right now than religious crazies. How can we ask our businesses to change the way they do business so as to prevent climate change if half of the country doesn't believe in scientific evidence? Or worse yet, if they expect a big bearded man to come down and bail us out if things get too bad?

What about the people who believe that the world will end, in the next few years, with a war in
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Emily
Sep 15, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Dawkins ever since reading The Selfish Gene many many years ago. However, I was very disppointed in this book, which is so basic that it shouldn't contain surprises for anyone who graduated from high school. There were no surprises and nothing really new - the most interesting part for me was how each chapter is introduced with an example of a myth that people have made up to explain some natural phenomenon, which the rest of the chapter then explains. I found the majority of it ...more
Yazeed AlMogren
Mar 25, 2015 Yazeed AlMogren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يتحدث ريتشارد دوكنز في هذا الكتاب الذي أنتهى منه في عام 2011 عن بعض الظواهر الطبيعية والطبية والكونية وكيفية حدوثها وماذا كانت تعتقد الأمم القديمة عنها قبل أن يأتي العلم الحديث بتفسير لها، الكتاب شيق وممتع وترجمة عدنان الشهاوي كانت متقنة ورائعة لدرجة تشعر بها بأن لغة الكتاب الأصلية هي العربية لولا الخطأ الذي وقع فيه المترجم عندما نقل أن سقراط هو أول من فكر بالذرة بينما الصحيح "كما ورد أيضًا في النسخة الإنجليزية من الكتاب" هو أن ديموقريطوس من فكر بذلك
Shaimaa Ali
Apr 20, 2014 Shaimaa Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فى "سحر الواقع" يأخذنا داوكنز فى مقارانات عديدة بين الأساطير والعلم فى استعراض جذاب يجعلك لا تترك الكتاب لحظة! لقد نجح تماماً فى جعلى قارئة نهمة لكتابه حتى انتهيت منه!!

فى أول فصلين يحاول داوكنز جاهداً تأكيد قانون الانتخاب الطبيعى الذى جاء به داروين وأثره فى تفسير عملية التطور البطىء للأجناس المختلفة (ومن ضمنها الانسان بالطبع) .. كل ما نجح ان يثبته هو الاستدلال بأن الشفرة الوراثية للانسان تختلف بتسعة احرف فقط عن الشمبانزى ، بينما يختلف الفأر عنا فى حرفاً .. ثمّ؟! لا شىء!! لم يفسر لنا لمًَّ .. ل
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Negativni
Nov 13, 2015 Negativni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sa Čarolijom stvarnosti Richard Dawkins je želio na zanimljiv i razumljiv način približiti djeci ono što znamo o svijetu oko nas. Ilustracije je radio Dave McKean, možda najpoznatiji po naslovnicama mnogih izdanja Gaimanovog Sandmana. Sviđa mi se njegov stil. Ilustracije su pomaknute, zanimljive i dobro su uklopljene u knjigu.

Dawkins knjigu preporučuje djeci od 12 godina pa na više, no zbog jednostavnije obrade tema nije loša ni za odrasle koji ne bi ulazili u dubinu pojedinih tema, a željeli bi
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Antonia
Nov 11, 2011 Antonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Great book: clear and accessible (not sure of the best age group, though). Kids are naturally curious and fascinated by how the world works. They're also susceptible to all kinds of nonsense, of course. This much-needed book fill s a gap between simplistic kids' books and adult science books. Also, we need books that help kids understand, not just the facts of the world, but how we know them and, more generally, how do we know whether something's true or not? And I should think this book would b ...more
Imane
Feb 12, 2016 Imane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
انا قارئة مبتدئة لذا لا تضحكوا ان قلت لكم اني ترددت كثيرا قبل قراءة هذا الكتاب ريتشارد دوكنز ملحد ماذا ساستفيد من هذا النوع من الكتب لكن فضولي تغلب في نهاية الامر و رغم ذلك حملت معي سلاحي و قررت اذا لم يعجبني ما يقوله سوف اتوقف لكن المفاجاة اني وجدت الكتاب جد جد جد ممتع من الكتب العلمية القليلة التي استمتعت بقرائتها حتى الان خاصة النسخة الانجليزية مرفقة بصور توضيحية تشبه كتب الاطفال و خجلت من نفسي لماذا حكمت على الكتاب قبل قرائته فقط لاني لا اتفق مع افكار الكاتب من ماذا خفت انا اعرف ان قدراتي ال ...more
Hani Al-Kharaz
May 27, 2016 Hani Al-Kharaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يسعى المؤلف في كتابه الى تبيان أن الواقع - كما تفسره الحقائق العلمية - أكثر سحراً وإبداعاً من التفسيرات الأسطورية التي تستند الى رد الواقع الى قوى خارقة وأحداث غريبة أو الحظ والمصادفة. واستخدم في كتابه لغة علمية سلسة وبالغة التشويق، تعرض الحقائق العلمية بأسلوب مبسط ومفهوم لشرائح عمرية مختلفة. ولكنني أعيب عليه مبالغته في السخرية من أساطير الشعوب القديمة. هذه المبالغة في نظري تنطوي على تعالٍ من الإنسان المعاصر الذين يدين بفضل ما وصل إليه في واقع الأمر الى تراكم المعرفة الناتجة عن تجربة الشعوب التي ...more
Jason Mills
Oct 01, 2011 Jason Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dawkins fans, inquisitive young folks
Dawkins here seeks to enthuse young minds about science: not only with its discoveries but as an approach to the world that is far more thrilling and fascinating - not to say productive - than the idle stories and easy answers of myth and religion. Indeed, it is inherently an encouragement to learn and to challenge one's intellect, rather than to remain ignorant.

Each chapter addresses a question about the world: What are things made of? What is a rainbow? Dawkins commences in each case by recoun
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Book
Oct 05, 2011 Book rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: evolution, science
A note for all my goodreads friends, if you like my review please go to Amazon and click the like button. It would help my "reviewer cred". Thanks and enjoy this wonderful book.


The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True by Richard Dawkins

"The Magic of Reality" is the latest contribution by evolutionary-biologist icon Richard Dawkins. Professor Dawkins is on a mission of education and in this enlightening book he reaches a younger audience by introducing science like only he can. In one
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Alastair
Mar 18, 2013 Alastair rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Whilst I would not dare to fault Dawkins' science, to describe his grasp of the role of myth and story in social evolution as 'limited' would, yet again, be generous.

Philip Pullman is quoted in the cover: 'The clearest and most beautifully written introduction to science I've ever read.' Perhaps Mr Pullman read a pre-publication edition in which the writing wasn't dominated by a 1950's avuncular style, peppered with complex concepts and language, the understanding of which is assumed. Also to c
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Shaun
Jun 04, 2015 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading and learning about myths. I devour a good ghost story. I actively seek out tales of the supernatural. But I also believe that the greatest magic of all is the magic of reality, and for that reason, I love science.

This was a library copy, but after reading, it's one I'll purchase if only so I can have it around for the kids to thumb through. In fact, it is written in such a basic and easily digestible format that I am considering using in my home school curriculum.

This beautifully
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James
Aug 31, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I can put it any better than the quote from Ricky Gervais on the back of this book:

"I wanted to write this book, but I wasn't smart enough. Now that I've read it, I am."

This is an excellent book even for those who like me, were generally familiar with most of the concepts tackled within it already. The trick to knowing whether you really understand something or not is whether or not you can explain it to someone else and have them understand it too. Before reading this book I'm not
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Dyary Abubakr
Aug 13, 2016 Dyary Abubakr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magic is a slippery word: Dawkins wrote it is commonly used in three different ways, and the first thing I must do is distinguish between them. I'll call the first one 'supernatural magic', the second one 'stage magic' and the third one (which is my favourite meaning, and the one I intend in my title) 'poetic magic' What I hope to show you in this book is that reality – the facts of the real world as understood through the methods of science – is magical in this third sense, the poetic sense, t ...more
Santhosh
Nov 29, 2015 Santhosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book covers a lot of basic science topics in brief, serving as a good, clear, basic introduction to evolution, natural selection, genetics, molecular physics, cosmology, astronomy, plate tectonics and probability. While the stated audience for this book is 12-year olds, I would say it also makes a good read for intelligent adults whose science grounding is poor. The biggest current danger isn't kids not getting some education, but rather growing up into adults who falsely believe in religiou ...more
Armin
Sep 09, 2014 Armin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Magic of Reality covers the very basics of what we know about evolution, astronomy, geology, physics and science in general. With its lovely illustrations and clear explanations, it's an amazing gift for children.

I didn't include adults because I assume they already know these basic facts of science. In reality though, I've encountered people, even some college graduates who don't know these basic stuff. And, frankly, I find it astonishing that many adults either don't know anything about or
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Nihal Vrana
Aug 25, 2013 Nihal Vrana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the worst popular science book that I have read. It was lazily-written with no real structure rather than flimsy chapter beginnings with myths. The information in it was extremely random and superficial. I'm sorry to say this but it is nothing more than a rant of a famous person than a popular science book with an aim to inform its audience.

I used to enjoy Dawkins' books back in the day; when they were about topics which he has a good grasp of (i.e. evolution). But I really don't like
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Jim Whitefield
Oct 14, 2011 Jim Whitefield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Armed with the foreknowledge that this book is written to appeal to quite young readers as well as other ages, you will not feel Dawkins is as condescending in tone as you might otherwise be drawn to conclude. In my opinion, he does a marvellous job of writing in a fashion that will entertain and retain the interest of youngsters, whilst at the same time enthralling those of us who are of a much older generation. Beautifully illustrated throughout and with numerous wonderful photos as well, the ...more
Mohammad Al-Shehri
المحتوى بصفة عامة شبه سطحي.
له فصل لطيف عن القوس قزح فيه معلومات جميلة.
يوجد أيضا فصل مناسب لمواجهة الثقافة السلفية في المعجزات والمبالغة في التفسير الديني لكل الظواهر الغريبة.
في نهاية الكتاب أشار إلى نقطة عظيمة توافق فيها مع جورج طرابيشي في كتابه "المعجزة أو سبات العقل في الإسلام" وتوافق أيضا مع وجهة نظر عدنان إبراهيم في أن الانتشار المخيف لثقافة المعجزات يعطي فكرة عن كسل العقل الإسلامي وتهربه من التفكير المنطقي.
لم يُعجبني عندما يشير إلى الأديان بين فصل وآخر في انتقائه لنصوص كثيرة من الكتب الديني
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Qutaiba Ara
Jul 01, 2015 Qutaiba Ara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book for every human being who ever asked " why am I learning this in school? and how does that enrich my life? "

Richard Dawkins, somehow, linked what we learned in 16 years of maths, biology, physics, and chemistry in a 300 pages book!
Ahmed Hassan
Mar 11, 2013 Ahmed Hassan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
قرأت معظمه..
كتاب مناسب جداً لطفلِك الملحد..
Nesma Mostafa
Aug 04, 2015 Nesma Mostafa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
_ انتهيت اليوم من قراءة كتاب: "سحر الواقع" / لـ "ريتشارد دوكنز" / ترجمة: "عدنان علي الشهاوي".
_ الكتاب عبارة عن 280 ص، مقسم إلى إثنى عشر فصلا معنونة كالتالي:
الفصل الأول: ما الواقع، ما السحر؟
الفصل الثاني: من كان الإنسان الأول؟
الفصل الثالث: لماذا يوجد عدد بالغ الكثرة من الحيوانات المختلفة؟
الفصل الرابع: ممّ تتكوّن الأشياء؟
الفصل الخامس: لماذا الليل والنهار والشتاء والصيف؟
الفصل السادس: ما الشمس؟
الفصل السابع: ما قوس قزح؟
الفصل الثامن: متى وكيف بدأ كُل شئ؟
الفصل التاسع: هل نحن بمفردنا؟
الفصل العاشر: ما الز
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Bruce Caithness
The critical underpinning of science is brought to attention in "The Magic of Reality" as well as the wonderful list of findings that have been put forward by science. One cannot fault the book for lacking enthusiasm.

Joe Barnhart in Karl Popper: Philosopher of Critical Realism made some nice comments that temper Richard Dawkins sometimes overly enthusiastic positivism.

Myths graduate to science when they are open to being tested, science rests on a bedrock of mythology.

Creationists who insist on
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Nikki
I'm not entirely sure why I still read Dawkins' work. I think he's an extremely intelligent person, of course, and I've enjoyed reading books that focus on science by him -- I love The Ancestor's Tale, for example. But I hate the way that he cannot stop poking at religion, and I expected to hate it even more in a book called The Magic of Reality.

Actually, he's more respectful than usual. It all seems rather toned down, since it's aimed at a younger audience than his other books (which is somewha
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Mohammad Tanviruzzaman
Science's explanation can be more beautiful and amazing than any myth, miracle, or magic: Dawkins makes this point by picking up a series of questions (like: what is real? what is a rainbow? why do we have night and day, summer and winter? who is the first person? why are there so many kinds of life-forms? etc.), which haunt many of us time and again, and then he presents what the myths have to offer as the answer to each of those questions and what science has to offer; and through this journey ...more
Mukesh Emes
Dec 29, 2015 Mukesh Emes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“bad things, like good things don't happen any more often than they ought to by chance. the universe has no mind, no feelings, and no personality, so it doesn't do things in order to either hurt or please you. bad things happen because things happen.” 34 likes
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