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A dazzling, passionate polemic against anti-science movements of all kinds.

Keats accused Newton of destroying the poetry of the rainbow by explaining the origin of its colours. In this illuminating and provocative book, Richard Dawkins argues that Keats could not have been more mistaken and shows how an understanding of science enhances our wonder of the world. He argues that mysteries do not lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution is often more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering even deeper mysteries. 

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 on the human appetite for wonder.

©2006 Richard Dawkins (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Took a while to get into it, but I am glad I gave it a chance. Lots of food for thought and I think Professor Dawkins did a great job at arguing the case for the poetic beauty of science.

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Another truly masterful book!

Just as the many times before, Richard Dawkins communicates of a breadth of scientific matters in a way that appeals to the wonder of true human existence.

This book truly is a wonderful example of science being the poetry of reality.

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  • Jeremy
  • 08-01-22

Wow!

Another beautiful classic from Richard Dawkins. I love that he reads his books with Lala… it’s perfect! Everyone on earth should read or listen to this book.

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  • Lasse
  • 25-12-21

Less interesting if you have read his other works

The book is beautiful and a clear view into Richard Dawkins love of science, just at it says on the box. but to a listener whom is well versed in his bibliography, you will hear a lot that you have heard before, although with plenty of new angles