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

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Houghton Mifflin, 2000 - 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 acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton's unweaving is the key to 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 mysteries. With the wit, insight, and spellbinding prose that have made him a best-selling author, Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder.
This is the book Richard Dawkins was meant to write: a brilliant assessment of what science is (and isn't), a tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is uplifting.

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User Review  - Michael_Rose - LibraryThing

The title goes to the ethos of the book. A rainbow isn't any less beautiful because we've come to understand it, and we've gained so much through its understanding (radios, televisions, computers, etc ... Read full review

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User Review  - yakov.perelman - LibraryThing

It is like if Richard, once having made plainly clear and explain thoroughly a couple of things: a) God does (very very likely) not exist; b) Evolution is a fact; c) Evolution works like this; and d ... Read full review

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Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.

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