by Dr. Gordon Wilson
If you thought biology was the province of secular scientists, think again: The Riot and the Dance is biology like you've never seen it before.
Rather than teaching a pile of disconnected facts about biology, Gordon Wilson gives the reader a foundational knowledge of living things alongside his primary goal, which is to stir up a long-lasting wonder and curiosity about life and a greater desire to praise the Creator.
With over 130 original illustrations and several hundred figures total, this book is first and foremost an approachable and readable explanation of the basics of biology for high school or undergraduate students. But Gordon Wilson doesn't dumb down the concepts: Using analogies, anecdotes, and simple, personable language to teach key details about the bottom-line themes of biology, Dr. Wilson gives students handles to grasp the wonders of life on all levels.
In "Part 1: The Living Cell," you will be introduced to:
- the basics of cellular and molecular biology, including the "motors" of flagella and other awe-inspiring nano-machines
- the "how and why" of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, the central dogma, mitosis, meiosis, recombinant DNA technology, and Mendelian genetics, and more...
In "Part 2: The Diversity of Life," you will be taken on a fascinating tour of:
- the major phyla and classes of all of the six taxonomic kingdoms
- important concepts in the creation/evolution debate
- an exciting survey of God's living handiwork, including the tiny, deadly Trypanosoma, fungus firearms, sedentary sponges, bizarre echinoderms and unfamiliar facts about the lifecycles and habits of familar vertebrates and plants
- the basics of ecology, such as symbiotic relationships, food webs, and the interdependency of life
- a biblical approach to conservation, and much more...
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"The Riot and the Dance, by Dr. Gordon Wilson, is not your typical biology text book, as is obvious from the title. It is written in a more personal style -- like a conversation between the student and the professor. As a consequence the reader feels more like the author is a real person and they are reading a real book (rather than trying to plow through a dictionary or encyclopedia). All essential biology is presented, and is presented well -- but in a more user-friendly context. The author is transparent in his Christian perspective, but remains strongly focused on the biology at hand. His very limited interjection of personal perspectives preserves the book's professional character but adds a dash of salt. There is no attempt to deal in depth with various theories regarding the history of life, which I feel is appropriate and intellectually honest."
~ John Sanford, PhD, Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University
"As a former college biology professor, it was refreshing to read a biology textbook that was not saturated in evolutionary fairy tales. Wilson doesn't hide his beliefs about creation beginning with God's Word. I enjoyed the conversational style of the book that will engage students with the information versus the typical biology textbook that is a boring recounting of facts. I also appreciated the use of analogies as these are a very effective teaching tool in the sciences. The Riot and the Dance will make a great addition to any biology classroom that desires to learn about God's world beginning with God's Word."
~ Georgia Purdom, PhD, Answers in Genesis
NOTE: This is the full first edition of the book (not be confused with the ARC version we released last year). Thanks for your interest!