271 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm
First Free Press hardcover edition.
What is reality? What is magic? -- Who was the first person? -- Why are there so many different kinds of animals? -- What are things made of? -- Why do we have night and day, winter and summer? -- What is the sun? -- What is a rainbow? -- When and how did everything begin? -- Are we alone? -- What is an earthquake? -- Why do bad things happen? -- What is a miracle.
The author of "The God delusion" addresses key scientific questions previously explained by rich mythologies, from the evolution of the first humans and the life cycle of stars to the principles of a rainbow and the origins of the universe.