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.