Unweaving The Rainbow

Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

by Richard Dawkins

On Sale: 04/05/2000

Unweaving The Rainbow

Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

by Richard Dawkins

On Sale: 04/05/2000

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About the Book

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.

Critical Praise

"A spellbinding storyteller." The New York Times

"Brilliance and wit." The New Yorker

"An extended rebuttal - not so much by argument as by radiant example - of perennial anti-science convictions. Few among us are better qualified for the job. If any recent writing about science is poetic, it is this." The Wall Street Journal

"Like an extended stay on a brain health-farm . . .You come out feeling lean, tuned and enormously more intelligent." The Times of London —

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780618056736
  • ISBN 10: 0618056734
  • Imprint: Mariner Books
  • On Sale: 04/05/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:22.95 CAD
  • BISAC1 : PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Modern
  • BISAC2 : SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
  • BISAC3 : SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution

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