Unweaving the rainbow: science, delusion and the appetite for wonder

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Houghton Mifflin, 1998 - Science - 336 pages
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Did Newton "unweave the rainbow" by reducing it to its prismatic colors, as Keats contended? Did he, in other words, diminish beauty? Far from it, says Dawkins--Newton's unweaving is the key too much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology. Mysteries don't lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution often is more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering deeper mystery. (The Keats who spoke of "unweaving the rainbow" was a very young man, Dawkins reminds us.) With the wit, insight, and spellbinding prose that have made his books worldwide bestsellers, Dawkins addresses the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, and combines them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder. This is the book that Richard Dawkins was meant to write: a brilliant assessment of what science is (and what it isn't), a tribute to science "not because it is useful (though it is), but but because it is uplifting, in the same way as the best poetry is uplifting."

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Review: Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

User Review  - Lindsay Goto - Goodreads

This is probably the Richard Dawkins book that I have enjoyed the most. The first book I read from him was the God Delusion and while it was enlightening, there was an element of the preacher to it ... Read full review

Review: Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

User Review  - Lawrence - Goodreads

I wanted to read this book because Mr. Dawkins --- in my mind at least --- has a reputation as an enemy of religion and a rough apologist for atheism. Indeed, as I recall, Mr. D. wrote "Unweaving the ... Read full review

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THE ANAESTHETIC
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DRAWING ROOM OF DUKES
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BARCODES IN THE STARS
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