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God vs. Darwin: The War between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom 1st Edition

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Those who read this with an open mind, from either side of the controversy, should better understand the value of separation of church and state. (Library Journal)

The book is a history of attempts to restrict teaching in evolution.... This slim book is remarkably helpful in understanding how and why teaching religion in public schools has been vexed throughout history.... Recommended. (R.R. Sherman CHOICE)

Mano's captivating new book draws on his knowledge of both history and science to provide an expert analysis of the ongoing opposition to the teaching of evolution in America's public schools. He offers a clearly written, concise explanation of the evolution-religion controversy which has continued to play out in local school districts across the country. This is an absolute "must read" for school officials and community members alike . . . indeed for anyone interested in a fascinating illustration of who decides what should be taught in our nation's schools. (Jim Paces, executive director of curriculum, Shaker Heights City Schools, Ohio)

In recounting the history of creationism through major legal cases, Professor Singham correctly exposes the fear that drives creationists to keep searching for ways to undermine the teaching of evolution despite consistent defeats in the federal courts. He shows convincingly that, while religious objections to evolution persist, such objections are ultimately powerless to stop the advancement of science. This book expands the growing list of excellent books available for anyone who wants to understand the phenomenon of American creationism. (Barbara Forrest, co-author Creationism?s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007.)

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Mano Singham is a theoretical nuclear physicist with interests in the history and philosophy of science, theories of knowledge and education, and the achievement gap. Originally from Sri Lanka, he has taught and done research at various universities and research laboratories in Sri Lanka and the United States. He is currently the Director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has also written The Achievement Gap in US Education: Canaries in the Mine (Rowman and Littlefield Education, 2005).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: R&L Education; 1st edition (October 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607091690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607091691
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,292,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prof. Singham has written an engaging and informative account of the legal battles in the US to try and ban Darwin's theory of evolution from being taught in schools. He does a great job of summarizing the key points in each case and develops a synthesis that makes it plain why such attempts have failed and will continue to fail in the future. Specifically, he makes the important point that evolution is a theory that can never be proven but which has survived countless experimental tests to falsify it, making it the "working hypothesis" that is an essential vehicle for biological science in the 21st century. Recommend as reading for college students and also for a broad range of interested lay readers.
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I have not read this book, but I felt bad when Mano said on his blog that there had not been a single review, positive or negative, on Amazon. FTFY!
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