- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (April 5, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618056734
- ISBN-13: 978-0618056736
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Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder Paperback – April 5, 2000
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The title refers to the rainbow of visible light, but Dawkins points out that the same metaphor applies to a great many other processes, including sound, animal tracking, paleontology, and plenty of places where a greater understanding of logic, statistics and other data-based processes can enhance our lives considerably. I was especially taken by the chapter on science in the courtroom.
Dawkins may come off as too cynical for some people, but I prefer the term "skeptical", which is a good, solid, rational position to take. I've loved every book of his I've read, and expect to read every one I find.
Dawkins launches into elaborate scientific explanations in an easy-to-understand format and language. The book is brimming with scientific knowledge that anyone can understand. He 'unweaves' such mysteries as the structure of DNA, sound waves, the brain, and other scientific phenomena. At times, the lengthy explanations of certain things may tend toward the boring side: it really depends on what you're interested in whether or not you'll enjoy his lengthy dialectical insights. There's something in the book for everyone, though, and the variety of topics are sure to keep you entertained. The message that he tackles is powerful and well-written. Dawkins eloquently puts forth the majesty of a scientific understanding of the world, and urges the reader to attack the notion that science is too 'hard-to-understand' for the average person. He further asserts that to ignore scientific discoveries is a great disservice to humanity in general.
Unweaving the Rainbow should be read by anyone who has read Dawkins' other works and has felt disillusioned or depressed by what they saw as a purposeless worldview, or anyone interested in science in general, especially if you find certain aspects of scientific thought difficult to grasp.. Unlike some of his other works, Dawkins' atheism is not the main purpose of this book. I highly recommend Unweaving the Rainbow to anyone familiar with Dawkins.