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 book has many facts about nature that leaves ones mouth to drop. There is a constant; "I didn't know that" on the tip of every breath. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Jeffery
dawkins at his best open to criticism of course but still a good read.Published 2 months ago by RICHARD SCHEIBERLE
This is a somewhat older of Dawkins' brilliant writings, and as such, one has to make a few allowances. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barbara Frederick
I LOVE The Blind Watchmaker and The Greatest Show on Earth. This is a good read, however.Published 4 months ago by Sandra Snow
concise, documented and perfect for logical thinkers. Emotion plays little in the role of the science. Highly recommended for an academic read. Definitely not for speed readingPublished 5 months ago by Thomas Schneider
RD rightly torpedoes many untested hypotheses making this oeuvre into a thud of reality checks well worthy of a cool read.Published 8 months ago by Peter DeKlerk
As a person who has struggled to find passion and inspiration in a post religious world view this book has been so helpful. Dawkins is brilliant and the book is a great read.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer