Title: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
Author: Bill Nye
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Nonfiction, Science
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
In this book, Bill Nye discusses the ins and outs of evolution.
I grew up watching Bill Nye, the Science Guy. I’ve followed him through my adult life. I followed the Bill Nye–Ken Ham debate on Evolution vs. Creationism. It’s not a surprise, then, that Nye’s book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation went to the top of my list when it released in November. It took me awhile to get to it, but when I finally did it was absolutely and completely worth the wait.
Anyone who’s familiar with Bill Nye knows his style. He explains difficult concepts in a clear and breezy way, with a healthy sense of humor attached. He brings that to Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. This book is about science, from beginning to end, yet it is always completely fascinating. What I appreciate most about this book is that it’s a great introduction to evolution for people who only know the basics. Nye gets into the nitty gritty of evolution, explaining how it works and why. He doesn’t treat the reader like an idiot, but also recognizes that these concepts can be difficult. It’s a delicate balance, but Nye’s had years of practice getting it just right.
One aspect of Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation that I found interesting is that Nye isn’t really interested in having a dialogue about Creationism. He’s done that already, in his debate with Ken Ham. He absolutely wants to address evolution with both people who believe in Creationism and people who don’t, but his goal isn’t to debate the specific merits of one versus the other. No, this is a book about evolution, first and foremost. The title of the book, Undeniable, says it all.
I love science-y books that are written in a pop culture sort of way, so Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation was pretty much perfect for me. It’s definitely an intriguing, thoughtful read that had a lot of humor and warmth mixed in–a perfect balance!