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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books; First Printing edition (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890515743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890515747
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Donald DeYoung is Chairman of Physical Sciences, Grace College, Winona Lake, IN. He joined the Grace faculty in 1972 and has spent sabbatical leaves in California, Europe, and the South Pacific. Don's science writings have appeared in many periodicals. He has written fifteen books on Bible-science topics including object lessons for children. Don is currently president of the Creation Research Society with 1700 members worldwide. Don speaks on creation topics and believes that the details of nature are a powerful testimony to the Creator's care for mankind.

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Don DeYoung (Ph.D., physics) chairs the science and math department at Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana. His writing interests include clarifying technical topics including the creationist worldview. Several of his books feature a Question-Answer format with concise discussion of popular issues. Don also writes science object lessons for children; his website is DiscoveryofDesign.com. Don's favorite writers include Louis L'Amour, Garrison Keillor, and Mark Twain. Don enjoys backpacking, fishing, running, speaking on the Bible and science, and travel with his wife Sally.

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This book is very amazing and full of interesting insights.
Ricky Dupit
The book is filled with specific examples of design that occur in nature that have been copied by human engineers, architects, and scientists.
Rick Sanders
At the end of the book you can find the answers to the questions asked under each topic.
M. Liga

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Discovery of Design" explored more than 79 examples of biomimicry--where humans have based technological designs off of mechanisms found in microorganisms, insects, flying animals (mainly birds), water animals (fish, whales, etc.), land animals (including a dinosaur), humans, plants, and even non-living things.

Some of the descriptions were more detailed than others. Some were potential or future applications while most where examples of already-in-use technology. The information was written at a level that a teenager could understand, and there was a glossary in the back for the few scientific terms.

Each entry focused on an interesting ability found in nature and then explained how humans have (or are trying to) create something based on that design to solve a problem or increase the efficiency of a current design. Black-and-white pictures illustrated the text. The book referenced where this information came from for further study (articles, books, or internet search words). There were also three "study" questions per entry that were related to the information in the entry but would require a search elsewhere for the answers. Or you can just look in the back of the book for the answers.

There is an intelligent design theme to this book with the Biblical God as the Designer, but that's not the main focus or purpose of the book.

Overall, I'd recommend this very interesting book to people who like engineering design, design in nature, and/or biomimicry.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

Reviewed by Debbie from Different Time, Different Place book reviews
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Sanders on March 4, 2010
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This recent book by DeYoung and Hobbes is unique both in its content and format. The book is filled with specific examples of design that occur in nature that have been copied by human engineers, architects, and scientists. The main part of the book is divided into eight sections, each focusing on one specific part of nature: microorganisms, insects, flying creatures, underwater life, land animals, people, plants, and non-living objects. Each of the sections contains several specific examples in nature that humans have used to improve life. These include the human femur, cockleburs, beech leaves, the octopus, and the kingfisher bird. The examples include a short description of the object and how it has been used by humans, questions for further study, pictures, references, and key words for Internet searches. There is also a helpful list of general references in the back, as well as a glossary and subject index. The book demonstrates that the amazing designs we see in nature, both from living and non-living things, point to the Creator of the universe. It is sure to become a favorite for both scientists and non-scientists alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 12, 2010
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Could much of human invention have roots in the natural world? "Discovery of Design: Searching Out the Creator's Secrets" discusses nature and its influences on much of modern technology. With a Christian influence, Donald DeYoung & Derrik Hoobs state that God's design lives on in humanity's creations. Even looking towards the future, "Discovery of Design" presents many intriguing ideas, be they coincidence or divinely inspired.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Liga on January 25, 2010
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Discovery of Design is a book that is an easy read, yet very informative. Packed in-between these 233 pages are a wealth of information just waiting to be accessed. The eight fact filled chapters are set up basically by the division of animal, i.e. Microorganisms, flight, insects, etc. The basic overall topic of the book is how man has used nature to develop products for the betterment of mankind. From Velcro to Surveillance vehicles, it is covered in this fun and informative book. Each topic within a chapter is only two pages long, which would make this book a good choice for a different type of devotional. At the end of each topic is a set of questions, these questions are great for the student in your life. At the end of the book you can find the answers to the questions asked under each topic.
Being a teacher myself, I feel that this resource would be wonderful to use in a home school environment. And for the public school student, this would give them something to counteract the suffocation of anything that has to do with God and give them the tools needed to defend their faith in a challenging and increasingly anti Christian world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Hill on December 17, 2013
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This is truly an amazing book!
It is unbelievable to see the intricate and intuitive designs that we have copied from God's creation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Ulmer on August 22, 2013
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Who would have thought so much of nature, God designed, would inspire development of so many things we could be using in every day life. Awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dino on November 25, 2011
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I bought this book because I work in biomaterials and biomimetics plays, at least for me, a very important role there. Although the book title does not include the term biomimetics, its contents have got every single thing to do with imitating nature. I use power point slides with published papers on selected examples from this book to pose topics for discussion and to "break the ice" from time to time in the classroom. I do not give it five stars because some of the examples are so old and some are distorted from the way they happened. Some of the questions are extremely basic, perhaps thought for little kids. All in all, I consider it a good book and it is all there together and you do not have to search and search the web to collect facts.
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