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

book cover of The Magic of Reality

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins attempts in this book to address some of the questions that might arise in the minds of children about topics with which science deals. It was written for kids of unspecified age; I would guess that middle school would be a reasonable estimate. Very often, childrens questions are difficult for any parent or teacher who is not deep into science to answer such as Who was the first man? , What is the sun made of , What is a rainbow? , and Are We Alone? among others. Dawkins addresses twelve such questions, each in a chapter that starts with one of these questions, which is explored in simple language and with scientific accuracy. While I think that he could have gone a bit further with his discussion of rainbows and I think that he wimped out on quantum mechanics and relativity, this book should be a godsend (irony intended) for homeschooling parents whose science knowledge could use some help. One of the more interesting chapters is the last, "What is a Miracle", in which Dawkins largely relies on the arguments of David Hume, providing a high standard for the acceptance of any proposed miracle.

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Richard Dawkins

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Saturday, January 1, 2011