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UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW: SCIENCE, DELUSION AND THE APPETITE FOR WONDER

Synopsis

Keats accused Newton of destroying the poetry of the rainbow by explaining the origin of its colours. Here, 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.