Unweaving the Rainbow

Unweaving the Rainbow

Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

Book - 1998
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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."
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin : 1998
ISBN: 9780395883822
Branch Call Number: 501 DAW 1998
Characteristics: 336p


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Jan 15, 2016

An extremely well written and researched book. Richard Dawkins does an exemplary jobs of explaining the concepts and makes them easy to understand.

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