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Nye,Bill/ Powell,Corey S. (EDT)

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Biographical note:

Bill Nye is a scientist, engineer, comedian, and inventor. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University where he studied under Carl Sagan, and worked on the 747 as an engineer at Boeing before creating and hosting his much-loved Emmy award-winning PBS/Discovery Channel show "Bill Nye the Science Guy." He holds three Honorary Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, and Johns Hopkins, and teaches at Cornell regularly as a visiting professor.

Corey S. Powell is the former editor in chief of American Scientist and Discover, where he is currently editor at large and continues to write the "Out There" column and blog. He is also a visiting scholar at NYU's SHERP science journalism program, as well as a freelance writer for Popular Science, Smithsonian, Nautilus, and Aeon; his article "The Madness of the Planets" appears in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two daughters, and a small collection of Permian-era fossils. This is his first collaboration with Bill Nye, but he hopes it will not be his last.

Main description:

Sparked by the a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade. In this book, he expands the points he has made, and claims that this debate is not so much about religion versus science, as about the nature of science itself. With infectious enthusiasm, he reveals the mechanics of evolutionary theory, explains how it is rooted in the testable and verifiable scientific method, and why it is therefore a sound explanation of our beginning. He argues passionately that to continue to assert otherwise, to continue to insist that creationism has a place in the science classroom is harmful not only to our children, but to the future of the greater world as well.

Table of contents:

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Me and You and Evolution, Too
2 The Great Creationism Debate
3 Creation and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
4 Bottom-Up Design
5 Deep Time—Dive in
6 On the Origin of Evolution
7 Lamarck and His Not-Acquired Traits
8 My Prom and Sexual Selection
9 The Red Queen
10 Dogs Are All Dogs
11 The Tree of Life—Or Is It a Bush?
12 Biodiversity Comes in the Territory
13 Fossil Records and Explosions
14 Mass Extinctions and You
15 Ancient Dinosaurs and the Asteroid Test
16 Punctuated Equilibrium
17 Contingency, Bottlenecking, Founding
18 Mosquitoes in the Tube
19 Convergence, Analogy, and Homology
20 What Good Is Half a Wing?
21 Human Bodies Are Walking Talking and Good Enough
22 Evolution Is Why We Don't Believe in Evolution
23 Micro or Macro—It’s Evolution
24 Michael Faraday and the Joy of Discovery
25 Medicine and You—Evolution at the Doctor’s Office
26 Antibiotic Drug Resistance—Fight Back
27 The Urge of Altruism
28 Games Species Play
29 Costly Signals
30 Genetically Modified Foods—What the GMF?
31 Human Cloning—Not Cool
32 Our Skin Colors
33 Is the Human Species Still Evolving?
34 Astrobiologically Speaking—Is There Anyone Out There?
35 The Sparks That Started It All
36 A Second Genesis—of Life?
37 Life’s Cosmic Imperative

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