Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Magic of Reality

Above are the UK and (terrible) American covers for The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True, a new basic science primer written by Richard Dawkins, and illustrated by Dave McKean. Each of the twelve chapters, on topics including rainbows, gravity, evolution, and atoms, starts with a whirlwind tour of various myths, before moving on to an explanation of the applicable science at a level I think a fifth grader could grasp (my six year old is a bit too young). The writing is uninspired, and needlessly insulting to religion - - I certainly have no interest in reading anything else by Dawkins.

But I bought the book because of Dave McKean, and I wasn't disappointed. Every one of the 265 pages features his illustrations. Below are a few samples:

The hardcover is $18 at at Amazon and a no-brainer for Dave McKean fans.