I never expected the world renowned evolutionary biologist and superstar atheist Richard Dawkins to write a book aimed at children. But, alas, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True is slated for an October release.
The book will explain scientific question that many young people have. Questions that kids might get a vastly different answer for from their Sunday schools.
- Why do bad things happen
- Are we alone?
- What are things made of?
- What is the sun?
- Why is there night and day?
- What is an earthquake?
- What is a rainbow?
- Who were the first man and woman?
- When did everything begin?
Looks good! Though a book aimed at the younger crowd, I know many adults that would benefit a great deal from this book, including myself.
But what makes news of this book even more exiting is that it is illustrated by Dave McKean. Advanced images are hard to come by this early, but they are sure to be as fantastic as McKean’s other work.
Dawkins is always best when he writes about what he knows: evolutionary biology. When he tries to be an expert on religion he comes off as a smarmy sophomore. This book looks very promising. Hopefully he sticks to the former and leaves the latter alone.
From the back cover of The Magic of Reality.
I want to show you that the real world, as understood scientifically has magic of its own – the kind I call poetic magic: an inspiring beauty which is all the more magical because it is real and because we can understand how it works…The magic of reality is – quite simply-wonderful. Wonderful, and real. Wonderful because real.
Though not being released until fall, you can preorder The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True from Amazon.