British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is best known for his book, “The Selfish Gene,” (1976), and for his outspoken atheism. This has made him a controversial figure in some circles, especially since he has called for an end to teaching creationism in science classes. No matter how one feels about Dawkins, there’s no denying he has ability to engage lay people in scientific topics. In his first sort-of children’s book, “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True.” Dawkins tackles the human fascination with myths and magic and ultimately asks: How do we know when something is true? How can one distinguish myth from reality?
Now kids and adults can be part of ”The Magic of Reality” come to life through Richard Dawkin’s narration and videos. Beautiful illustrations and animations enhance the scientific content. Specifically designed for the ipad, the app also features interactive games such as creating your own rainbow, and starting a new species by blowing iguanas across the ocean. Illustrations by graphic artist Dave McKean are beautiful, and lend an artistic element to what otherwise may have been a dry presentation.
My 11 year old and I enjoyed navigating through the book on the Ipad, and it really was suitable for both of us. It’s perfect for tweens and older, especially if you’re an adult with little training in science.
A great tool for those who are curious and curiouser!