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Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails)

by Matt Young and Paul K. Strode
New Brunswick (NJ): Rutgers University Press, 2009. 224 pages.

Reviewer Mike Klymkowsky writes that this book aimed at clarifying what distinguishes science from non-science succeeds overall, and would be suitable as a textbook for “courses that compare and contrast scientific and non-scientific approaches to biological questions.” Klymkowsky appreciated the broad range of examples of evolution’s explanatory power as well as the writing style, which he describes as “largely jargon-free and accessible,” but noted a few errors of fact and regrets a “relative neglect of molecular-level mechanisms” in the presentation of evolutionary theory. While the book would probably not convince a creationist, it would be compelling to “the open-minded, rational, and intellectually curious.”