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The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World

Ziya Tong

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Canongate
01 December 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science
Our naked eyes see only a thin sliver of reality. We are blind in comparison to the x-rays that peer through skin, the mass spectrometers that detect the dead inside the living, or the high-tech surveillance systems that see with artificial intelligence.

And we are blind compared to the animals that can see in infrared, or ultraviolet, or in 360-degree vision. These animals live in the same world we do, but they see something quite different when they look around.

With all of the curiosity and flair that drives her broadcasting, Ziya Tong illuminates this hidden world, and takes us on a journey to examine ten of humanity's biggest blind spots. What she reveals is not on the things we didn't evolve to see but, more dangerously, the blindness of modern society. This vitally important new book shows how sciences, and the wonder and courage that drive it, can help civilisation flourish by opening our eyes. Fast-paced, utterly fascinating and deeply humane, The Reality Bubble gives voice to the sense we've all had - that there is more to the world than meets the eye.
By:   Ziya Tong
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   456g
ISBN:   9781838850487
ISBN 10:   1838850481
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ziya Tong anchored Daily Planet, Dicovery Channel's flagship science programme until its final season in 2018. Tong also hosted the CBC's Emmy-nominated series ZeD, PBS' national prime-time series, Wired Science, and worked as a correspondent for NOVA scienceNOW alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson on PBS. She serves as the Vice Chair of WWF Canada.

Reviews for The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World

Stunning . . . Considering how much she gets through, the tone is light and accessible. It feels like being shown around a fascinating exhibit by an enthusiastic curator . . . It is not just a book that tells a story of humanity; it is a gentle but highly effective wake-up call * * Guardian * * In a time of mounting global crisis, the kind of radical curiosity that fills this book - a commitment to probing the unseen, unknowable and unthinkable - has become essential to our survival. In Ziya Tong's hands, we learn that it can be joyous, too, with thrilling facts, questions and juxtapositions on every page. A kaleidoscopic guide to everything we're missing -- NAOMI KLEIN A brilliant, eye-opening work of wonder -- MATT HAIG This book will tear through your preconceptions like a meteor through space. Ziya Tong is a wonderfully erudite companion on a tour of reality, from the very smallest to the size of the universe and everything in between. It's an incredibly illuminating and challenging but ultimately empowering book, and reading it delivers a shock . . . Prepare to have your bubble well and truly burst * * New Scientist * * A skillful weaving-together of disparate threads from many disciplines, set out in evocative language that expresses a profound love for our species and the other living things we share our only habitable world with. It's not just a wake-up call, it's a recipe for survival - alarming yet hopeful -- CORY DOCTOROW Ziya Tong takes readers on an important and entertaining scientific journey, as she breaks open all the hidden ways we interact with the natural world every day. Read this book to start seeing - with new eyes - how we can transform our relationship with the extraordinary planet we live on -- JANE GOODALL Filled with entertaining, often surprising, information . . . Ziya Tong's book should be required reading for all who care about what we are doing to the planet -- DAVID SUZUKI


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