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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: National Academies Press; 1 edition (January 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309105862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309105866
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Committee on Revising Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By J. Lapp on January 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
In a brief 54 pages this book covers material that everybody should understand about evolution and creationism. It is written in a beautifully clear, concise language and may be the shortest intelligible explanation of evolution that you'll ever read. Unfortunately, most of that beautiful language is written at the advanced high school or early college level and so won't be accessible to the public at large. It seems like a huge opportunity lost. However, the short FAQ at the end of the book is much easier reading and should hit its mark.

Every modern book on evolution and creationism should mention the amazing discovery of Tiktaalik, and indeed this book does. On the basis of what we know about evolution, scientists hypothesized where the transitional form between fish and four-legged animals should appear in the fossil record. Scientists then went to that place and found the animal. They called it Tiktaalik. It's an amazing case of evolution making a prediction and the prediction coming true.

Tiktaalik makes for a great story. People of all ages, especially children, engage readily in stories and retain stories better than raw facts. But this book tells the story in a choppy, non-chronological, expository way. I can hardly piece the story together from the book. This amazing opportunity to all at once instill the reader with both scientific process and evidence for evolution was lost. The reader likely will not remember Tiktaalik.

Isn't there a rule of thumb that when writing for the general public one should write at the 5th or 6th grade level? Many sentences have too many clauses. Parenthetic remarks frequently interrupt the train of thought.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Mayne on February 22, 2008
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The National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine have done an amazing job of clearly explaining the evidence for evolution in our world, and showing the absolute fallacy of the Creationist myth. I learned over 60 years ago that evolution is a fact, and it never interfered with my Christian beliefs, and my role as a minister. Creationism is based on false premises and the book shows that there is no sense to their arguments. The book is so well written that a non-scientist like myself can understand what they are saying and respond to the failure of Creationism which they depict.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Flower on January 18, 2008
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There is a great deal of misunderstanding within the general population regarding the theory of evolution and how the processes of natural selection operate.
This book is short, easy to read and contains the basic facts relating to evolution, written in a simplified form such that anyone can understand it.
It discusses the differences between a fact and a theory in science, it illustrates evolution through common descent with modification, the fossil record as well as showing modern examples of evolution through natural selection as seen in bacteria and viruses, guppies and other species.
One of the highlights is the dicussion of religion and its compatibility with evolution.
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"Science, Evolution and Creationism", published jointly by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, does an admirable job in explaining succinctly why evolution is science and creationism isn't. In less than 70 pages, it summarizes the key evidence on behalf of biological evolution, and dismisses the claims of creationists, including Intelligent Design advocates, noting correctly that their dissent is religiously, not scientifically, based. It does not assume scientific knowledge of the reader, especially of biology, since important concepts like speciation are defined briefly outside of the main text. Those responsible for this well-illustrated book were part of a joint National Academy of Sciences - Institute of Medicine committee consisting of fifteen biologists, geologists, secondary school science teachers, a philosopher of science and an astrophysicist. Notable members of this committee included its chairman, University of California, Irvine evolutionary geneticist Francisco Ayala, University of Arizona ecologist Nancy Moran, evolutionary geneticist Michael Clegg (Ayala's colleague at the University of California, Irvine), Michigan State University philosopher of science Robert Pennock, University of Michigan professor of internal medicine and public health Gilbert S. Omenn, Washington University plant geneticist Barbara Schaal, Missouri Botanical Garden director and Washington University botanist Peter H. Raven, University of San Francisco biochemist - and former National Academy of Sciences president - Bruce Alberts, and Hayden Planetarium (American Museum of Natural History) director Neil deGrasse Tyson.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rachel A. Crass on August 3, 2008
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This book took almost all of the headache out of trying to teach evolution to an ultra-Christian audience. I simply let parents and students read quotes from religious leaders and scientists alike who found no contradiction between religion and science, and the tension eased immediately. They all learned how relgion and science can coexist peacefully in their hearts and minds.

Downside: The binding busted the first time I opened the book. I had our librarian spiral-bind it for me.
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