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Saturday, December 13, 2014

BOOK REVIEW : THE MAGIC OF REALITY



Image result for the magic of reality bookIf you want to know what the science did so far to humanity, you must read this interesting book. The science here is explained in clearest terms. It is not a simple casual read and you must come back and forth to get answers some of the curious questions the children ask us on science.

The book explains in simple prose on space, time and evolution laced with humour and clever thought experiments. You get very straight answers to some of the baffling questions like How old is the Universe ? What causes tsunamis ? What was the first man, or woman ?

Writing a difficult concept in simple prose is not easy and it demands tremendous mental energies. When you write science for common folks, the task becomes  tougher. French philosopher Blaise Pascal rightly says that I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. It means, to make anything simple, it occupies much time and the benefit is obvious : message goes straight into readers' minds.

Dawkins, is an evolutionary biologist and a hardcore atheist. He has written many popular science books. His 2006 book 'The God Delusion' had sold more than 2 million copies and was translated into 31 languages.

I don't know about Dawkins until I saw a YouTube video a year ago which was a live discussion between him and Deepak Chopra. The inciting discussion on God triggered me to search his best book and I landed up with this book which I purchased on January this year. Deep regrets for taking almost a year to write a review but I swear that it is in my priority list.

When it comes to this book, I could clearly distinguish my knowledge before reading it and after reading it. He says that life got started more than three and half billion years ago and what we are today is simply an evolutionary process and there is nothing like God. His argument is that human brains and human hands evolved by natural selection. Like this, there are so many fascinating facts the reader would know when he or she starts reading this book. I could say that this book simply ignites you to read the whole book in three or four sittings.

This small volume definitely enrich your knowledge on science merging all branches into one interesting narrative.

A priority book to read !

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