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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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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
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"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.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on December 7, 2009
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We shall fight in the air, we shall fight on the landing-grounds, we shall fight in the fields, we shall fight in the hills... but we shall acquiesce on the scientific front! "No," declare DeYoung and Hobbs. These authors fight on all scientific fronts, including cutting-edge research. This book delivers new scientific discoveries that demonstrate design in living organisms.

The authors furnish evidence for design within biological systems using:
- Stealth technology
- Communication science
- Nanotechnology
- And much more.

This work offers unique and startling evidence that chance plus time acting on matter fails to explain the design and information found in living things.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debra Brinkman VINE VOICE on October 6, 2010
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I have been reading through Discovery of Design by Donald DeYoung and Derrik Hobbs with my 13 year old son. We've had some great conversations about the fantastic features present in nature, and discuss the ideas or products that were inspired by them.

For instance, let's look at the ant...

First, we learn about swarming behavior, which is common not only to ants, but many birds, fish and other insects. In the discussion of swarming, we learn that no single ant is directing the behavior of the whole group, instead it is the countless interactions between individual ants that steers the overall group behavior.

Then, we see how these interactions have inspired computer programs that do things like control airport management or other instances of complex scheduling.

Finally, there is a section with a couple of questions for further study. We have chosen to just read the questions, try to answer them from our own knowledge, and then go read the answers provided in the back of the book. The questions here include:

1. How many legs does an ant have? We knew the answer (6), but in the book, the answer section provides the additional information that the study of ants is called myrmecology, from the Greek word for ant (myrmex).
2. How does the total number of ants compare with other animals? Again, we knew/guessed that ants are one of the most plentiful creatures on the planet. But the answer section stunned us... not only are they the most numerous animal in the world, but they make up 15-25% of Earth's total animal biomass. Yikes!
3. What did King Solomon say about ants? My son's answer? "Something wise." <eye roll> My answer was only slightly better... I could quote "Go to the ant, ye sluggard...
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4 of 6 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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