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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (May 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813545501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813545509
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In this superb overview, academics Young and Strode tackle the most vexing issues in the public's understanding of biological evolution and earth history. With clear, readable text, Young and Strode detail requisite concepts while providing a conversational response to creationists' objections to evolution, which are frequently based on profound misunderstandings of how science works. Young and Strode provide a thorough explanation of the concept of biological fitness, showing that evolution, hardly random, is a process of interaction between organisms and the environment. Later chapters explain the science of evolutionary development and phylogenetics-how Earth's organisms are related through their genetic codes-as well as geological and astronomical methods for dating (including possibly the clearest explanation of an isochron ever written). They also take a good look at creationism, using the publications of prominent believers to show that it's a movement divided against itself. Much of this work developed from Strode's teaching experience, and it may be the best book yet written for teaching citizens what science really does, and what religion really is in relation.

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"In this superb overview, Young and Strode tackle the most vexing issues in the public's understanding of biological evolution and earth history. With clear, readable text, Young and Strode detail requisite concepts while providing a conversational response to creationists' objections to evolution, which are frequently based on profound misunderstandings of how science works. Young and Strode provide a thorough explanation of the concept of biological fitness, showing that evolution, hardly random, is a process of interaction between organisms and the environment. They also take a good look at creationism, using the publications of prominent believers to show that it's a movement divided against itself. Much of this work developed from Strode's teaching experience, and it may be the best book yet written for teaching citizens what science really does, and what religion really is in relation."
(Publishers Weekly (starred review) 2009-08-03)

"This work carefully explains the difference between science and pseudoscience, and how the so-called alternative theories fail to be scientific. Young and Strode additionally argue about the compatibility of science and religion. This work attempts to make an argument to those who have not accepted the facts of evolution and to those who may not possess a more general understanding of the science. Highly recommended."
(Choice 2009-11-01)

"This book provides compelling examples of how science works. With any luck, it will entice its readers to delve further into these impossible, yet compelling and empirically-based, ideas, and help them to recognize what distinguishes the 'impossible' ideas of science from the impossible ideas of religion and other ideologies."

(Reports of the National Center for Science Education 1999-01-01)

"Of similar books I have seen on this subject, this one is the best. Its discussions of evolution and refutation of creationism are clear, concise, and powerful. Matt Young and Paul Strode offer a unique, introductory-level book for students, scientists, or anyone who is open to thinking about the topic."
(Alan D. Gishlick Gustavus Adolphus College 1999-01-01)

"Strictly following facts and applying impeccable logic, Young and Strode lead the reader, step by step, through a variety of topics, from evolution theory to cosmology and from psychology to medicine, convincingly demonstrating the power of genuine science versus the fallacies of pseudo-science. An excellent addition to every school library.

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(Mark Perakh author of Unintelligent Design 2009-01-26)

"A passionate argument for the importance of evolution both in nature and in the classroom."
(Daily Kos 2010-05-15)

"This is not just another book on the evolution-creation controversy. This is actually a book on the Nature of Science, which aims to explain what counts as science and what does not. It is a valuable resource and deserves to be widely read."
(Science and Education 2009-12-15)

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This is a well written , well researched book.
Mark D. Shafer
For the individual interested in understanding more about evolution itself, this book provides a basis, but lacks the detail that it should have for that goal.
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Great examples of evidence in support of evolution.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By white lightning on July 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book straight through. Really holds your attention, which is impressive for a book that delves fairly deeply into the real science behind evolution, as well as the methods of science in general. I have an MD, a BS in Math and Physics, and an MS in applied mathematics...yet I never quite fully understood the beauty of the scientific method, and how straying very subtley from the proper use of the scientific method could lead a person from science to pseudoscience. This book explains the scientific method quite simply and clearly, and shows how creationism strays from the scientific method and in doing so makes claims which portend to be based on science, but are in fact not.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Kant on July 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in evolution, whatever their opinions and beliefs on the subject may be. In this well-written and engaging book, Young and Strode cover the scientific method, the history of evolution and creationism, the process of evolution and the history of the universe. Their explanation of the scientific method is superb; they do a wonderful job explaining a process that is often taught incorrectly in schools.

The authors also do a great job with the tone of the book. This book is neither too technical and complicated for the non-scientist nor too general for someone who is already familiar with evolution. If you would never ordinarily read science books, this is a great pick because you will learn a lot and be entertained at the same time.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Rouch on June 28, 2009
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This book was a refreshing look into the scientific method. With precise explanations and examples of how the hypothesis of evolution eventually became a theory, the book inspires not only an appreciation of science, but on the vast evidence and support of the evolutionary theory. I would recommend this book not only for high school and college, but anyone interested in how science should work in our world.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Shafer on June 18, 2009
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After reading this book I felt compelled to get it in the hands of a all science educators that I know. This is a concise, but not oversimplified, review of not only what evolution is, but what science is and is not. This should be required for any HS or college science student.
So many of the books on this topic concentrate on the political battles surrounding it. But, this volume delves into the deeper consequences of true scientific thought and process versus pseudoscience.
In a world that so needs to return to making its decisions based on science,not personal opinion, we now have a guidebook to help not only with the controversies surrounding evolution, but with scientific questions in general. This is a well written , well researched book.

Mark Shafer DDS
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 28, 2011
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Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) by Matt Young and Paul K. Strode

Why Evolution Works is an ambitious accessible book that focuses on how evolution works and why Creationism fails. It also explains pseudoscience, intelligent design, and young and old earth creationisms. The book is composed of the following five parts: Part I The Basics and History, Part II How Science Works and Creationism Doesn't, Part III The Science of Evolution, Part IV The Universe, and Part V Evolution, Ethics and Religion and a comprehensive glossary.

Positives:
1. I love reading about evolution and books like "Why Evolution Works" rewards me.
2. Well written, well researched and concise.
3. Covers all the main topics that matter and does so very well.
4. Accessible yet profound.
5. Science writing at its best.
6. Interesting facts throughout.
7. Very logical, reasonable and fair tone throughout.
8. Scientific method explained.
9. Interesting history of those groups that oppose evolution.
10. Good discussion on differences between science and pseudoscience.
11. Good chapters on embryology and evo-devo.
12. Great examples of evidence in support of evolution. Insecticide resistance for one.
13. Some great quotes.
14. A truly enjoyable and worthwhile read.
15. A strong bibliography.

Negatives:
1. No links to the referenced books.
2. The last part about ethics was the weakest part of the book.
3. A Table of comparison between the different opposing evolution movements would have been worthwhile.

In summary, this is an excellent book on evolution that indeed has something for everyone. It's accessible yet profound and covers many interesting topics in 224 pages.
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