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The Magic of Reality - paperback release June 21 - Comments

Crimbly's Avatar Comment 1 by Crimbly

Hurray! :)

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:22:49 UTC | #946935

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 2 by Alan4discussion

Excellent news for children and adults seeking scientific background to life sciences.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:41:25 UTC | #946947

memetical's Avatar Comment 3 by memetical

Dear Prof D, I hope they corrected that prism perspective error on page150? (Prof D,"What prism error?") Actually, I think the slit card is at the wrong angle. The slit should be rotated 90 deg - in the vertical position - to allow ONLY red light thru! (Prof D, "Oh God, so it is.") Me thinks Sir Isaac is turning 'redfaced' under his apple tree. A pair of grey herons gently glided over my very green cricket square today. No blue skies yet.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:35:46 UTC | #946954

crucialfictionofjesus's Avatar Comment 4 by crucialfictionofjesus

Comment 3 by memetical :

Dear Prof D, I hope they corrected that prism perspective error on page150? (Prof D,"What prism error?") Actually, I think the slit card is at the wrong angle. The slit should be rotated 90 deg - in the vertical position - to allow ONLY red light thru! (Prof D, "Oh God, so it is.") Me thinks Sir Isaac is turning 'redfaced' under his apple tree. A pair of grey herons gently glided over my very green cricket square today. No blue skies yet.

What the????

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:21:22 UTC | #947671

Quine's Avatar Comment 5 by Quine

Hope they corrected the 536,447,737,765,488,792,839,237,440,000 error on page 27.

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:50:54 UTC | #947672

harbour82's Avatar Comment 6 by harbour82

already pre-ordered my copy :)

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:49:21 UTC | #947765

Richard Dawkins's Avatar Comment 7 by Richard Dawkins

Comment 3 by memetical :

Dear Prof D, I hope they corrected that prism perspective error on page150? (Prof D,"What prism error?") Actually, I think the slit card is at the wrong angle. The slit should be rotated 90 deg - in the vertical position - to allow ONLY red light thru! (Prof D, "Oh God, so it is.") Me thinks Sir Isaac is turning 'redfaced' under his apple tree. A pair of grey herons gently glided over my very green cricket square today. No blue skies yet.

This is the paperback (and Kindle) edition without illustrations, so the problem doesn't arise.

Comment 5 by Quine :

Hope they corrected the 536,447,737,765,488,792,839,237,440,000 error on page 27.

Yes.

Richard

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:32:13 UTC | #947863

InYourFaceNewYorker's Avatar Comment 8 by InYourFaceNewYorker

2102? Really?

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 03:54:35 UTC | #947936

CJHefford's Avatar Comment 9 by CJHefford

Purchased my hard back copy. It's a gorgeous looking book.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 21:51:46 UTC | #947979

richard jr miles's Avatar Comment 10 by richard jr miles

Ref. Al Jazeera Interview June 27. Poor quality especilly the last caller,who did not make sense.

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:43:18 UTC | #948318

Jos Gibbons's Avatar Comment 11 by Jos Gibbons

I hadn't heard about the 53... error, so I calculated 51!/(13! to the 4) myself, and saw there was accidentally a double-7 in the book's printed figure, increasing it approximately 10-fold. It's also worth bearing in mind that, if your definition of a "deal" doesn't care about which person got each hand, the figure goes down by another factor of 24 to 2,235,197,406,895,366,368,301,560,000.

Sat, 30 Jun 2012 08:13:57 UTC | #948344

Reckless Monkey's Avatar Comment 12 by Reckless Monkey

Richard, thank you so much for this book I just picked up the hard cover and have been reading through selected bits with my four year old son. He loves it by the way. I never get over the shock at just how clear you are in communicating what are often difficult concepts in a clear concise way. It's far better and more engaging than any of the textbooks at my school and so full of wonder. I first noticed you when you made a TV documentary based around the blind watchmaker (I think) the shock of the logic as you clearly demonstrated exactly how evolution works changed the way I viewed everything. I still get that shock (how does it make it so easy to understand!) with each of your books I read. As a teacher I have some idea just how difficult what you have achieved is. Thank you.

Sat, 30 Jun 2012 08:16:57 UTC | #948345

ArmaanBiggan's Avatar Comment 13 by ArmaanBiggan

Bought hard copy of this book long time ago, probably last year

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 00:27:49 UTC | #948358

bluebird's Avatar Comment 14 by bluebird

Strange that the cover art for U.S.and U.K. is different - U.S. version looks like rather grim science-fiction, U.K. version has that "this looks cool, wonder what's inside!" look. Better to appeal to children.

Paperback cover is cute.

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 20:16:45 UTC | #948523

emilly's Avatar Comment 15 by emilly

Great i like it

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:03:34 UTC | #949555

VictorCai's Avatar Comment 16 by VictorCai

yo yo yo, good book

Sat, 28 Jul 2012 12:02:44 UTC | #950215

Nitin Singh's Avatar Comment 17 by Nitin Singh

Comment 7 by Richard Dawkins :

Comment 3 by memetical :

Dear Prof D, I hope they corrected that prism perspective error on page150? (Prof D,"What prism error?") Actually, I think the slit card is at the wrong angle. The slit should be rotated 90 deg - in the vertical position - to allow ONLY red light thru! (Prof D, "Oh God, so it is.") Me thinks Sir Isaac is turning 'redfaced' under his apple tree. A pair of grey herons gently glided over my very green cricket square today. No blue skies yet.

This is the paperback (and Kindle) edition without illustrations, so the problem doesn't arise.

Comment 5 by Quine :

Hope they corrected the 536,447,737,765,488,792,839,237,440,000 error on page 27.

Yes.

Richard

So the paperback has not illustrations. But the cover mentions "Ilustrated by Dave McKean".

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:52:14 UTC | #950381

Moderator's Avatar Comment 18 by Moderator

Nitin - the paperback does have a few small illustrations by Dave McKean, but far fewer than the hardback.

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 14:04:19 UTC | #950385

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Enkidu90046's Avatar Comment 26 by Enkidu90046

Assuming that a coin toss has a 50/50 chance of coming up heads or tails (i.e., it isn't a weighted coin or there is some other factor making the odds other than 50/50) then the odds of a coin coming up heads or tails on the 1,000 the toss will always be 50/50 regardless of how many times the coin has come up with heads in a row previously, even as incredibly improbable as it is that it would come up heads 999 times in a row previously. Obviously, if the coin did come up heads 999 times in a row, I might investigate whether the odds truly were 50/50.

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Enkidu90046's Avatar Comment 27 by Enkidu90046

Ugh... once again my post makes no sense since the post to which it was a response has been removed... This is the second thread now where it appears as though I am talking to myself!

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:54:13 UTC | #951116