Unweaving the Rainbow Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

ISBN-10: 0618056734

ISBN-13: 9780618056736

Edition: 1999

Authors: Richard Dawkins
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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836

Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence. His title An Appetitie for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

Preface
The Anaesthetic of Familiarity
Drawing Room of Dukes
Barcodes in the Stars
Barcodes on the Air
Barcodes at the Bar
Hoodwink'd With Faery Fancy
Unweaving the Uncanny
Huge Cloudy Symbols of A High Romance
The Selfish Cooperator
The Genetic Book of the Dead
Reweaving the World
The Balloon of the Mind
Selected Bibliography
Index
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