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Evolution vs. Creationism

An Introduction

Eugenie C. Scott (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 384 pages
ISBN: 9780520261877
August 2009
$29.95, £19.95
More than eighty years after the Scopes trial, the debate over teaching evolution continues in spite of the emptiness of the creationist positions. This accessible resource, now completely revised and updated, provides an essential introduction to the ongoing dispute’s many facets—the scientific evidence for evolution, the legal and educational basis for its teaching, and the various religious points of view—as well as a concise history of the evolution-creationism controversy. This second edition also contains a discussion of the legal history, updated to include the seminal case of Kitzmiller v. Dover as well as a new chapter on public opinion and media coverage.
Eugenie C. Scott is Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. She has written extensively on the evolution-creationism controversy and is past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Scott is the 2010 recipient of the National Academy of Science's Public Welfare Medal.
“This book by the executive director of the U.S. National Center for Science Education is a comprehensive overview of the issues involved, scientific and religious, as well as history of the controversy the Scopes trial didn’t resolve.”—Martin Levin Toronto Globe & Mail
“Scott could be said to be the one really doing God's work as she patiently rebuts people who make most other scientists spit gaskets like short-circuiting robots. Her book is both a straightforward history of the debate and an anthology of essays written by partisans on each side. Its main virtue is to explain the scientific method, which many invoke but few describe vividly. Scott also manages to lay out the astronomical, chemical, geological and biological bases of evolutionary theory in unusually plain English. Anyone who wants to defend evolution at his next church picnic should arm himself with this book.”—New York Times Book Review
“An extraordinary book, and one I predict is destined to become a classic . . . I recommend the book highly as a text or supplement book for nature of science, science and society, or high school science methods courses.”—Journal Science Education
"Several excellent books have been published in recent years about creationism, particularly intelligent design, and the presumed conflict between evolution and religious beliefs. Evolution vs. Creationism is one of the best."—Hist & Phil Of Life Sci
"This is the first book that I have read that explained how it could have come about that, in the twentieth century, it was possible for a generation of poorly-educated people to seriously disadvantage their children and grandchildren by intentionally depriving them of access to the best available information."—Bio Journal Of The Linnean Society
“For a deeply thoughtful analysis of the status of evolution science and the place of ‘creationism,’ every teacher should read Eugenie Scott’s Evolution vs. Creationism. . . Scott provides point-by-point rebuttals of many of the most common arguments raised by creationists and advocates of intelligent design with sound science and many references.”—Juliana Texley -National Science Education Standards Science Teacher
“Eugenie C. Scott’s book is an essential resource for teachers, college faculty, and students (high school level and up).”—American Paleontologist
“Many libraries my not own creationist books or journals, so this new title is an excellent way to provide access to that literature while keeping it in a scientific, scholarly context. This is very much an introductory work, and advanced researchers will not find much new material here. Summing up: Highly recommended.”—J. Nabe Choice: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries

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