The Magic of Reality

Richard Dawkins has announced his upcoming book, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True, to be illustrated by Dave McKean and released this Fall (Amazon.com gives it a release date of October 4th 2011). This book will be geared toward children and science novices with its easy-to-understand explanations and colorful illustrations. Below is what the cover of the book will look like, followed by an excerpt from the chapter titled “What is the sun”. Dawkins begins by outlining how various religions viewed the sun:

In other myths, the sun is not a god but one of the first creations of a god. In the creation myth of the Hebrew tribe of the Middle Eastern desert, the tribal god YHWH created light on the first of his six days of creation – but then, weirdly, he didn’t create the sun until the fourth day! “And God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.” Where the light came from on the first day, before the sun existed, we are not told.

It is time to turn to reality, and the true nature of the sun, as borne out by scientific evidence.

This book can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com, and you can view a few pages from it (illustrations and all) as a .pdf file by clicking here. Since the illustrations are so colorful and take up entire pages, the file may take a moment to open.

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5 thoughts on “The Magic of Reality

  1. Ah, I am SO PLEASED that Dawkins has written this book. As a father of three boys, I feel like it is such a struggle to get accurate, science-based information written for children. This book and many others like it are sorely needed. If you (or anyone else) can recommend other freethought books for children, please share!

  2. I may do that in a future post. In the meantime, I can recommend a quick, simple Google search. I have no kids yet but have performed that search, just “for future reference.” Lots of great ideas.

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