Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 5th 2000
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
I never want to do what the scientists do, but I do want to know what if feels like to be a scientist.And this book do just that.
An Eye-Opening Book Unweaving not just the rainbow also the brain , the eye , the stars , and every thing seems complex that had been taken for " poetry " goals and mislead folks through them specifically Astrology .I think that Professor Dawkins have failed in what he promised in the Preface . I s...
The actual science bits in here are great. Learned heaps about the workings of light and colour, sound and hearing... was even reminded that the idea of "superstitious behavior" in animals is attributed to Skinner (and not, sadly, my own idea). Much geeky excitement experienced all round by yours tr...
This should have been really insipring, but I found it slightly disappointing. Dawkins is plainly on a crusade against anyone who believes in anything that cannot be proven by science. I find blind faith in religion inexplicable, but I can admire it is some ways. However I find the determined non be...
Not Dawkins' best book. It is a transition, when Dawkins was first awarded the professorship for the public understanding of science. Not yet a rabid atheist (very entertaining) and not quite the neodarwinist. Dawkins strays into areas he is not fully conversant with, while trying to balance the jus...