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Discovery of Design Paperback – October 31, 2009
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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
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...Read more ›
The authors furnish evidence for design within biological systems using:
- Stealth technology
- Communication science
- 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting design concepts. Each concept is written about in a page or two. Very interesting ideas. I might even say it's simple enough for children.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very helpful. Look forward to more information from this author.Published 14 months ago by arcraig7
Had high hopes, but the Biblical themed Intelligent Design really put me off. Totally bought by mistake without clearly reading the reviews closely enough, but if you're looking... Read morePublished 15 months ago by kelly
Totally captivating information! So interesting for anyone interested in nature or inventions. Great for kids to grandparents.Published 23 months ago by Barb C
Book is OK, kind of in between young school age and older. Definitely requires parents to be engaged, with isn't a bad idea anyway. Gifts to my nieces and nephews.Published on February 1, 2014 by Hanzel
This is truly an amazing book!
It is unbelievable to see the intricate and intuitive designs that we have copied from God's creation.