Book Club – Unweaving the Rainbow

Culture Club
Date: Monday, 28 January 2019 19:00

Venue: The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre

Keats accused Newton of destroying the poetry of the rainbow by explaining the origin of its colours. In “Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder”, 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.

If you’ve not been to one of our book clubs before, we’ll have at least one copy of the book on our table to help you find us.

 

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