Evolution and Intelligent Design in a Nutshell


Are life and the universe a mindless accident — the blind outworking of laws governing cosmic, chemical, and biological evolution? That’s the official story many of us were taught somewhere along the way. But what does the science actually say? Drawing on recent discoveries in astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, biology, and paleontology, Evolution and Intelligent Design in a Nutshell shows how the latest scientific evidence suggests a very different story.

Journey into the smallest cell, to the farthest reaches of the universe, and to the great flowering of form and energy known as the Big Bang. Learn about the mission to build a self-reproducing 3D printer, and how those efforts shed new light on the origin of the first life on earth. And travel with a marine biologist to a Cambrian treasure trove once closed off to Western scientists, a most remarkable fossil site in Chengjiang, China, that deepens what Charles Darwin called “the mystery of mysteries.”


“Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist, once wrote, ‘Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.’ In Evolution and Intelligent Design in a Nutshell, this common observation (even among atheists) is explored to its logical conclusion…. Writing from biology and engineering backgrounds, the authors have created an accessible, informative primer on intelligent design, using data from both biology and cosmology. If you’re looking for a powerful introduction to the concepts and evidences that continue to haunt those who reject the existence of God, this book is an excellent resource.” 

J. Warner Wallace, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and author of Forensic Faith

About the Authors

Thomas Y. Lo, PhD, is an engineer and entrepreneur focused on medical and fitness wearable technology development. The president and CTO of Logos Care, Inc., he received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.

Paul K. Chien, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of San Francisco, where he was formerly chairman of the Department of Biology. He also has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, consulted for the California Institute of Technology’s Kerckhoff Marine Laboratory, and served as a scanning electron microscopy analyst for the Biology Department of Santa Clara University, California. Chien has published with colleagues from several institutions throughout China. He received his PhD in biology from the University of California at Irvine.

Eric H. Anderson, JD, J. Reuben Clark Law School, is an entrepreneur, software engineering executive, design theorist, and contributing author on evolution and intelligent design at Uncommon Descent.

Robert A. Alston, PhD, is an electrical engineer with Picatinny Arsenal and a former NASA special projects engineer. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Robert P. Waltzer, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Biology at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. He served as co-chair of the History and Philosophy of Science Section at Mississippi Academy of Sciences, and received his PhD in anatomy with a focus on neuroanatomy from Ohio State University.

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