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Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation is a 2014 book written by Bill Nye. It was co-written and edited by Corey S. Powell and discusses advances in science in support of evolution.[1] The book is Nye's extension of the Bill Nye–Ken Ham debate that took place in 2014.

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
Undeniable book cover.jpg
AuthorBill Nye
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
Publication date
November 4, 2014
Media typePrint
Pages309
ISBN978-1250007131
Followed byUnstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World 
WebsiteUndeniable on Macmillan.com

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Undeniable was written by Bill Nye, best known as the host of Bill Nye the Science Guy,[2] which aired from 1993 to 1998 on PBS Kids. The show focused on Nye teaching natural science to a preteen audience.[2] Nye transitioned into cable television where he spoke on the topic of science, including giving speaking tours at colleges and universities.[3] During his speaking engagements, Nye would often become involved in a debate of creationism versus evolution,[4] including a 2014 debate with creationist Ken Ham.[1] Nye attributes this to being the inspiration for him writing the book.[2]

SummaryEdit

Nye discusses the creationism versus evolution debate.[1] He lays out evidence about life on earth evolving.[5] He provides an overview of the evolutionary theories such as bottlenecking, punctuated equilibrium, Red Queen hypothesis, and the good enough design theory while at the same time providing counter arguments for creationism theories such as the Second Law of Thermodynamics.[1] Nye also addresses scientific issues that include genetically modified foods and human cloning.[5]

ReceptionEdit

The book received considerable press, including The New York Times interviewing Nye about his inspiration and the subject of the book[2] and a feature in National Geographic.[6] In addition to The New York Times, the book was reviewed by major news outlets that included The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, U.S. News & World Report, C-SPAN, HuffPost Live, The Washington Post, and CBS News.[5][7][8][9][10][11][12]

The Wall Street Journal stated that "Mr. Nye makes an eloquent case for evolution."[5] Regarding the debate and the book, Scientific American stated "no matter your stance on whether Bill should have engaged in the original debate or not, this book is a very appropriate follow-up and a terrific gift idea for those who might need a primer in how science looks at the world."[12]

Revised chapter on GMOsEdit

Nye stated an upcoming revision of his book would contain a rewritten chapter on GMOs, which he now supports.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d DeIviscio, Jeffery (3 November 2014). "A Fight for the Young Creationist Mind". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ Schwartz, John (17 June 2013). "Firebrand for Science, and Big Man on Campus". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ Quenqua, Douglas (10 February 2014). "Debating Evolution and Dealing With Climate Change". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Wade, Nicholas (22 December 2014). "Bill Nye the Darwin Guy". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  6. ^ Lee, Jane J. (24 January 2015). "Why Bill Nye Calls Evolution Undeniable and Creationism Insane". National Geographic. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  7. ^ Morella, Michael (5 December 2014). "Why Evolution is Undeniable". US News & World Report. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Book Discussion on Undeniable". C-SPAN. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Bill Nye on evolution, climate change and advancements". CBS News. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  10. ^ Szokan, Nancy (11 November 2014). "Bill Nye the Science Guy: Why evolution is right and creationism is wrong". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  11. ^ Zepps, Josh (7 May 2015). "Bill Nye The Science Guy LIVE". HuffPost Live. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  12. ^ a b Manaster, Joanne (6 November 2014). "Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye Audiobook Sample". Scientific American. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  13. ^ Kollipara, Puneet (3 March 2015). "Proof He's the Science Guy: Bill Nye Is Changing His Mind about GMOs". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 April 2017.