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Inspired by the frequently asked question, "Why do you bother getting up in the morning?" following publication of his book The Selfish Gene, Dawkins set out determined to show that understanding nature's mechanics need not sap one's zest for life. Alternately enlightening and maddening, Unweaving the Rainbow will appeal to all thoughtful readers, whether wild-eyed technophiles or grumpy, cabin-dwelling Luddites. Excoriations of newspaper astrology columns follow quotes from Blake and Shakespeare, which are sandwiched between sparkling, easy-to-follow discussions of probability, behavior, and evolution. In Dawkins's world (and, he hopes, in ours), science is poetry; he ends his journey by referring to his title's author and subject, maintaining that "A Keats and a Newton, listening to each other, might hear the galaxies sing." --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a worthwhile effort to unite the sciences and humanities, and to show the understanding a natural phenomenon like a rainbow doesn't do anything to decrease the enjoyment of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill Creasy
I would recommend this book to anyone, but I beg that scientists read this book. It is critical that all scientists understand how to explain complicated subject matter in simple,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alex Ward
A good read. I personally felt he was a little repetitive with his arguments. I am a big fan of his other books and this one started out promising but didn't really keep me up that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by gokul
This isn't my favorite Dawkins book, but is well written as expected. It just wasn't as fascinating as I had hoped throughout but a few chapters were still very interesting.Published 9 months ago by bungernut