This is a book review of Conjuring the Universe: the Origins of the Laws of Nature by Peter Atkins. This book focuses on the laws of nature and their origin. Although the material is familiar, in contrast to most popular-science books it is presented in a somewhat idiosyncratic way, with respect to both content and presentation. Although a bit quirky in some ways, the main text is easy to follow, and though it makes use of metaphors and so on, the mathematical details in the notes are there for those who want a more scientific description. I enjoyed reading the book, not only for the main themes but also for several asides on history, etymology, and so on.