Only a Theory

Only a Theory : Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul

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An inspiring book about the power and the passion of science Few have weighed in on the nation's contentious debate over evolution as effectively as Kenneth R. Miller. In Only a Theory, Miller-the highly regarded scientist who offered expert testimony at the 2005 trial over the teaching of evolution in Dover, Pennsylvania-eloquently shows how "Intelligent Design" collapses at the very moment one begins to take it seriously. Miller shows that the attack on evolution is a broader assault on the skepticism and reason that have fueled America's remarkable scientific advances, and offers an encouraging prescription for how we can save the nation's "scientific soul" to which we owe so much.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 14mm | 199.58g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Figures; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0143115669
  • 9780143115663
  • 360,021

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a Demolishes the assertions of advocates of Intelligent Design.a a"The Baltimore Sun" a A grass-roots defense of good science education . . . a useful overview of a perilous political attack on the nature of science.a aP. Z. Myers, "Nature" a Powerfully argued . . . Milleras perspective as a devout believer will allow his case to resonate with believers and non-believers alike.a aFrancis Collins, Director, the Human Genome Project
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About Kenneth R Miller

Kenneth R. Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University. His research work on cell membrane structure and function has produced more than 50 scientific papers and reviews in leading journals, including CELL, Nature, and Scientific American. Miller is coauthor, with Joseph S. Levine, of four different high school and college biology textbooks which are used by millions of students nationwide. He has received 5 major teaching awards. In 2007 he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received the Exploratorium's Outstanding Educator Award. He lectures widely and has appeared on NPR's Science Friday and The Colbert Report.
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Table of contents

Only A TheoryPreface
One: Only a Theory
Two: Eden's Draftsmen
Three: Embracing Design
Four: Darwin's Genome
Five: Life's Grand Design
Six: The World That Knew We Were Coming
Seven: Closing the American Scientific Mind
Eight: Devil in the Details
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