Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins
Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

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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 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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Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.
Published April 5, 2000 by Mariner Books. 355 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Dawkins takes to heart his title of Charles Simonyi Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford in this thoughtful exegesis on the nature of science and why its detractors are all wrong.

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In these conversational, discursive essays, Dawkins is, as always, an elegant, witty popularizer, whether he is offering a crash course in DNA fingerprinting, explaining the origins of ""mad cow disease"" in weird proteins that spread like self-replicating viruses or discussing male birdsong as a...

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They claim - in Dawkin's case I think disingenuously and in Dennett's case naively - that the word should not have any overtones of "more intelligent".

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London Review of Books

He quotes Blake – To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour – and says that he could write the same words with a very different meaning: The stanza can be read as all about science, all about standing in the m...

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