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Dawkins R. Ч Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion, and the Appetite for Wonder
Dawkins R. Ч Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion, and the Appetite for Wonder

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Ќазвание: Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion, and the Appetite for Wonder

јвтор: Dawkins R.

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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 Dawkins Ч Newton's unweaving is the key too 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 mystery. (The Keats who spoke of "unweaving the rainbow" was a very young man, Dawkins reminds us.)
With the wit, insight, and spellbinding prose that have made his books worldwide bestsellers, Dawkins addresses the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, and combines them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder.
This is the book that Richard Dawkins was meant to write: a brilliant assessment of what science is (and what it isn't), a tribute to science "not because it is useful (though it is), but because it is uplifting, in the same way as the best poetry is uplifting."


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'copy me'      305 (33)
'dumbing down'      21Ч24
'experience' of genes      236Ч238
'experimentum cruris' (Newton)      43
'false colour1 images      57
'zoologist of the future'      240
Abraham      217
Adams, Douglas      29
Aeroplanes, scepticism about lack of scepticism about      138Ч139
Afrikaners, genetic disease      104 (11)
Akenside, Mark      38
Aliens      see УLife extra-terrestrialФ
Altruism, individual and gene selfishness      212 (31 125)
Angler fish      174Ч176 245Ч246
Animal as model of world      240
Anteaters      242
Ants      252Ч253 (68)
Appleyard, Bryan      37 (2)
Aquatic mammals      242Ч245
Arms race      232Ч233 (30 145)
Arts, spending on      5Ч6
Asatru Folk Assembly      19
Asimov, Isaac      27 118 142 (3)
Asteroids, and mass extinctions      76 (1+)
Astrology      115Ч124 185Ч186 (37)
Astronomy      115Ч128 (122 127 128)
At Home in the Universe (S. Kauffman)      202Ч203 207 (80)
Atkins, Peter      ix 18 30 (4)
Atkins, swimming analogy for refraction      44Ч45 (5)
Attneave, Fred      259 (6 8)
Auden, W.H.      15 199
Aunt, Apthorpe's or levitating      131
Aunt, Maud      33
Australopithecus      288 289 (90)
Aztecs      181 (54)
bacteria      9 (99)
Bacteria, and Gaia hypothesis      223Ч224 (97)
Bacteria, luminous      228
Bacteria, organelles      226Ч228
Bacteria, spirochaete      228 230
Bad poetry in science      180 187 (58 59)
Barcodes      xЧxi 49 71 81Ч82 102
Barlow, Horace      257Ч258 (8)
Bats, and model of world      283 (31)
Bats, and sound      70 72
Beauty      63Ч64
Bede, the Venerable      3
Bellamy, David      24
Bestseller lists      291 (30)
Beyond Belief (television series)      126Ч127
Big bang theory      60 (122 135)
Birds, flight control      274 (100)
Birds, keeping visual world constant      280
Birds, opening milk bottles      305 (53)
Birds, pigeons in Skinner box      162Ч165
Birds, sex chromosomes      236
Birds, song      79Ч81
Birthdays, coincidence      152Ч154
Blackmore, Susan      302 308 (10)
Blake, William      16Ч17
Blind Watchmaker, The (R. Dawkins)      292 293 (30)
Blood, resembling seawater?      255
Bombs, atomic      290Ч291
Bonobos      211Ч222
Book of Rainbows (R. Whelan)      47 (150)
Bormann, Martin      92
Bragg, Melvyn      32 (12)
Brain, as on-board computer      286Ч287
Brain, evolution      286Ч313 (74 153)
Brain, protected from redundant information      259Ч265 (6 8)
Branch point explosion hypothesis      201Ч202 208 209
Bricmont, Jean      41 (137)
Brockman, John      xiii 189 (13 14)
Brooke, M.      246 249 250Ч251 252
Browne, Sir Thomas, Ume Buriall      14
Bug detectors      263Ч264 (93)
Burnell, Jocelyn Bell      34
Butterflies      245
Cain, A.J.      254 (53)
Calvin, William      8 299Ч300 301 (16 17)
Cambrian, evolution in the      200Ч206 208 209 (21 59)
Cambrian, explosion      201 204
camouflage      240
Carey, John      35Ч36 (18)
Cartmill, Matt      20 (19)
Cat, Cheshire      227 307 (134)
Caterpillars      140 172Ч174 245
CDs (laser discs)      79
Cell, complicated structure      9
Chain reactions      290Ч291
Chance, exploited by psychics      145Ч147
Chandrasekhar, Subrahmanyan      63 (122)
Change, sensory signalling of      260 264 (8 93)
Chaos theory, and popular culture      188
Chardin, Teilhard de      184Ч185 186 (103)
Chaucer, Geoffrey      251
Children, credulity in      138Ч144 (147)
Chimpanzees      297 305 (35)
Chimpanzees, pygmy (bonobos)      211Ч222
Chloroplasts      227Ч228 (98)
Chromosomes      (11)
Chromosomes, sex      236
Chromosomes, tandem repeat regions      98Ч100 (87)
Cilia      228 230 (98)
Clarke, Arthur C.      27 129 130
Clarke, his Third Law      129 132 (20)
Climbing Mount Improbable (R. Dawkins)      305 (33)
Co-evolution      231Ч233 (42)
Co-evolution, co-adaptation      231 232 233 289Ч290 291Ч292
Co-evolution, self-feeding co-evolution of the human brain      289 292 294Ч312 (153)
codebooks      265
Coin theft      105Ч106
Coin tossing trick      145Ч146
Coincidences      145Ч160 176Ч178
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor      40Ч41 47Ч48 (56)
Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow (C.L. Hardin)      58n
Colour      44 (89)
Colour vision      53Ч58
Combination lock      148
Comets, hitting Earth      76Ч77 (1 111)
Communication, by early humans      296 297Ч299
Computers, advances in      292Ч294 (48 112)
Computers, compared to the brain      286Ч287 288 289
Comte, Auguste      51
conception      1Ч2
Conjurors      127 128Ч129
Consciousness Explained (D.C. Dennett)      307 (38)
Consonants      78
Conspiracy theory meme      304 (39)
constellations      116
Conway Morris, Simon      208 (21)
Cooperation, genetic      213Ч233 238
Cosmic rays      52
Cottrell, Sir Alan      32
Crabs, hermit      241
Creation Revisited (P. Atkins)      44 (5)
Creationists, 'secular'      21 (19 45)
Creatures, fabulous      136Ч137 210 212
Crick, Francis      89Ч90 191 269 (24 148)
Cricket song      69
Critical mass      290 291
Cromwell, his warts      268Ч269
Cromwell, Oliver, his bladder      179
Crucible of Creation, The (S. Conway Morris)      208 (21)
Crucifixion      182Ч183 (54)
Cuckoos      246Ч252 (27)
Culture      (42)
Culture, relativism in science      18Ч20 21 (63)
Culture, stereotypes      119Ч120
Cycles, long-wavelength      74Ч77
da Vinci, Leonardo      47
Daily Mail newspaper, panders to astrology      115
Dalrymple, Theodore      108Ч109
Darwin's Dangerous Idea (D.C. Dennett)      208 303 (39)
Darwin, Charles, On the Origin of Species      16 (26)
Darwin, Erasmus      18
Davies, N.      246 249 250Ч251 252 (27)
Davy, Sir Humphry      40 (142)
de Waal, Frans      211 212 (35)
Deacon, Terrence      309Ч310 (36)
Dean, G.      122 (37)
Dendrochronology      82
Dennett, D.C.      207 208 283 302 303 506Ч507 (38 39)
Deutsch, David      50 (40)
Diamond, Marian C      286
Diana, Princess of Wales      115 125
Dickinson, Emily      86
Dictators, moustaches      87
Diversity, evolution of      200Ч201 (101 124)
DNA      see also УGenesФ
DNA fingerprintittg      83Ч92 112Ч123 (87)
DNA fingerprintittg, a national DNA database      109Ч112
DNA fingerprintittg, and statistics      90Ч91 94Ч95 103Ч109
DNA fingerprintittg, background to the technique      95Ч100
DNA fingerprintittg, objections to evidence using      92Ч109
DNA fingerprintittg, single-locus      102Ч103
DNA fingerprintittg, technique      100Ч103
DNA, 'you believe in ...?'      190 (45)
DNA, a reflection of ancestral world      239 254Ч255
DNA, amounts in different species      97
DNA, and Rosalind Franklin      191 (148)
DNA, helical structure      187
DNA, junk      97Ч98 (87)
DNA, of parasites      226Ч227 (29)
DNA, probe      100 (83 87)
DNA, selfish/ultraselfish      98 (31)
DNA, symbolic meaning      183
DNA, tandem repeats      98Ч100 (83 87)
Doctor Dohttle      53 (96)
Dominance hierarchies      237 238
Doppler shift      59Ч60 62
Doppler, Christian      59
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan      136 (121)
Dreams      158 282
Drugs, birdsong acting as      79Ч81
Druyan, Ann      114 (150)
Dunnock Behaviour and Social Ekolution ( N.B. Davies)      246 (27)
Dunnocks      246 248Ч249 251Ч252
Ears      66 68Ч69 see also УHearingФ
Earth, and the Gaia hypothesis      222Ч224
Earth, lucky to be alive on      4Ч5
Eddington, Sir Arthur      42 111 135 (44)
Edges, sensory signalling of      262
Edinburgh, Prince Philip Duke of      91
Ehrenreieh, Barbara      190 (45)
Einstein, Albert      42 (46 138)
Eldredge, Niles      195 196
Electromagnetic spectrum      52Ч53 58Ч59 see also УLightФ
Electrophoresis, gel      101Ч102
Elements, and Praunhofer lines      50
Elephant, swinging penis      73Ч74
Ellsworth, Phoebe      190 (45)
Elton, Charles      74
Emotion, and poetry      79
Endoscopy      272Ч274
Enzymes      54 55
Enzymes, restriction enzymes      100Ч101 (87)
Errors, false negative and false positive (type i and type      2) 94 171Ч177
Eternal metaphors of paleontology      193Ч199 (58)
Evans, Christopher      288 (48)
Evolution      (101 124) see
Evolution, 'top down' theory      203Ч206
Evolution, and bad poetic science      192Ч209
Evolution, and eatastrophism      198
Evolution, general evolutionism      192Ч193
Evolution, gradual versus episodic      195Ч200
Evolution, of the human brain      286Ч313 (i53)
Evolution, opposition to      20Ч21
Exorcist, enterprising but fraudulent      121
Experimental design      167Ч168
Extended Phenotype, The (R. Dawkins)      308 (29)
Extinctions, mass      75Ч77 195 199 222Ч223
Eye and Brain (R. Gregory)      276 (61)
Eye muscle paralysis experiment (Kornmuller)      281 (146)
Eye-witnesses, evidence from      85Ч86
Eyes, and colour vision      54 55Ч56 (89)
Faber Book of Science, The      35 (18)
Fabric of ReaUty, The (D. Deutsch)      50 (40)
Faces, eagerness of the brain to construct      266Ч269
Faces, recognition      87Ч88 258Ч259 266
Fairies      13ft (121)
Familiarity, anaesthetic of      6
Fan      22Ч24
Faraday, Michael g      23 186Ч187 (142)
Father Christmas      141
Fatima, Our Lady of      134Ч135
Feet, webbed      242 244Ч245
Feminism, and bad poetic science      189Ч192 (63 85)
Feynman, Richard      41Ч42 50 150Ч151 (50 51)
Fire, discovered by humans      11
Fish, and luminous bacteria      228
Fish, angler      174Ч175 245Ч246
Flagella, bacteria      228
Flies, creating a visual illusion on      281
Flies, mimicking jumping spiders      290 291Ч292
Flight      274 275 (100)
Flying saucers      137Ч138
Footprints, reading      297Ч299
Ford, E.B.      214Ч225 (53)
Foresight      302 327Ч333
Formants      78
Fossils, age of      9Ч14
Fourier analysis      72Ч73 76
Franklin, Rosalind      191 (148)
Fraunhofer lines      49Ч51 59
Frazer, Sir James      180Ч181 182 183 (54)
Freeman, Derek      21m (55)
Frequency dependent selection      96
Frogs, bug detectors      265Ч264 (95)
Frost, Sir David      126 127
Furs, and predatorЧprey cycles      74
Gaia hypothesis      222^-4 (29 97)
Galaxies, Hght from      59Ч60
Gamblers, irrational      165Ч166 (141)
Gel electrophoresis      101Ч102 (87)
Gender or sex      246 (118)
Gene pools      221 254 256
Gene pools, learning from 'experience'      258Ч259
Genes      see also УDNAФ
Genes, 'switch'      215Ч226
Genes, climate      214 219
Genes, cooperative      215
Genes, describing ancient worlds      255Ч256
Genes, isolated      90
Genes, segregation distorter genes      218
Genes, selfish genes are also cooperative      210Ч235 238 (51)
Genes, surviving in virtual worlds      284Ч285
Genes, variation      95Ч96
Gentes      247 (27)
Geological time, magnitude of      9Ч14
Gill, A.A.      34
God, good Darwinian      217
Golden Bough, The (J. Frazer)      180Ч181 (54)
Goldsehmidt, Richard      196
Goldsmith, Edward      222Ч225
Good, I.J.      108 (57)
Gould, Stephen lay      195Ч205 207 (5^9)
Gradualism      198Ч199 (30 32 33)
Grand Canyon      13Ч14
Grandmother, Lettvin's      258
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