Scientist, engineer, comedian, and inventor Bill Nye grabbed headlines in February by participating in a live debate with Ken Ham, curator of the Creation Museum. Sparked by the controversial and widely watched event, Nye set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives.
In his new book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (St. Martin’s Press), he expands on his points, and claims that this issue is not so much about religion versus science as about the nature of science itself. He presents the mechanics of evolutionary theory, explains how it is rooted in the testable and verifiable scientific method, and why it is therefore a sound explanation of our beginnings. He argues that to insist that creationism has a place in the science classroom is harmful not only to children, but to the future of the greater world as well.
In this conversation with Joe Palca, NPR science correspondent, Nye discusses why he decided to join the public debate on evolution and creationism, and also shares favorite memories from his days as the host of Bill Nye the Science Guy.
The ticket price includes a copy of Undeniable, which Nye will sign; additional copies are available for purchase at the event.
After Bill Nye and Ken Ham completed their broadcast debate, they took on the question of whether the causes of last winter’s extreme weather included any supernatural ones.