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Skybreak, Ardea. The science of evolution and the myth of creationism, knowing what's real and why it matters.

SKYBREAK, Ardea. The science of evolution and the myth of creationism, knowing what's real and why it matters. Insight Press (4064 N. Lincoln Ave., #264, Chicago IL 60618). 338p. illus. bibliog. index. c2006.0-9760236-5-2. $24.95. JSA

This excellent book is well written and easy to read, yet it covers the material in a no-nonsense, scientific way. It will appeal to any high school student interested in science or political controversies and would be a good resource for science teachers who may have to tread the perilous battleground of religion vs. science. Skybreak is a trained evolutionary biologist who has traveled the world and studied many cultures. She brings a philosophical attitude to her understanding of science, but she clearly delineates proven scientific fact from religious beliefs. The book is extremely well documented with extensive endnotes after each chapter and sidebars that explain concepts like race, with examples concerning the development of certain diseases like sickle cell anemia and HIV. The book concludes with supplemental inserts, a lengthy glossary, a geological timeline and a "defend science statement." Skybreak does not take a middle ground in this book. She is an adamant believer in evolution and a debunker of myths and theories like "intelligent design," and she tells her truth in a documented and clear way that will inspire in many students a new interest in science. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.
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Date:May 1, 2007
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