Item #263644 Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder. Richard Dawkins.

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

Mariner Books, April 2000. Trade Paperback. Used - Very Good. Item #263644
ISBN: 0618056734

Biologist, humanist, and bestselling author Richard Dawkins deeply examines the inherent beauty within modern scientific discoveries.

"If any recent writing about science is poetic, it is this" (The Wall Street Journal).

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 bestselling 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. Unweaving the Rainbow is a brilliant assessment of what science is (and isn't), a tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is uplifting.

Did Newton 'unweave the rainbow' by reducing it to its prismatic colors, as Keats contended, and so diminish beauty? Far from it, says the author, an acclaimed scientist. He says Newton's unweaving is the key to much of modern astronomy and to the poetry of modern cosmology, in this tribute to scientific exploration.

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