Book Review: Undeniable by Bill Nye

Undeniable by Bill NyeUndeniable by Bill Nye
Rating: 4stars
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I should begin this review with full disclosure: when I was in school, I did not learn real science.

The school I attended from kindergarten through high school taught creationism. As an adult, I no longer practice any form of religion and do not believe in creationism. But as you can imagine, I’ve had quite a bit of catching up to do when it comes to learning about science and its various disciplines. I often turn to some of my favorite science educators, such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, for answers. I didn’t watch Nye’s TV show when I was growing up, but I’ve since become a fan of him in general.

In 2014, Nye debated creationist Ken Ham, who is the president of a Christian organization that runs the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Following that debate, Nye was prompted to write Undeniable.

If the argument is, “Well, that was all part of the plan,” then I have to ask: How can you take the lack of evidence of a plan as evidence of a plan? That makes no sense.

In his book, Nye discusses the science of evolution but also delves into other related topics such as cloning, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), genetics, ethics, and astrobiology. For most people, Nye’s examination of evolution is probably pretty basic science, but for someone like me who didn’t grow up with Darwinian science as the standard, I found it to be pretty informative.

I read the audio version of the book, which is narrated by Nye himself. Nye is an excellent narrator–always enthusiastic and never bland. I confess, if I had read the print version of the book, I might have gotten bored at times when the science jargon gets a bit more technical. As it was, Nye’s narration kept me engaged in the text the majority of the time.

For the most part, Nye competently asserts scientific fact without resorting to mocking creationism or Christianity. That being said, he doesn’t walk on eggshells, either. I don’t think there’s anything in the book that will change the mind of the devout creationist, but it’s certainly a worthwhile, important discussion that’s approached in a very accessible way.