I loved, loved, loved this one. If you have any curiosity about how the world works — evolution, viruses, astrobiology, anything — then check this out. It’s written beautifully, with all of the wonder that Nye inspired in us when we were kids.
“I’ll admit that the discovery of evolution is humbling, but it is also empowering. It transforms our relationship to the life around us. Instead of being outsiders watching the natural world go by, we are insiders. We are part of the process; we are the exquisite result of billions of years of natural research and development.”
In 2014, Bill Nye had a debated with Creationist Ken Hamm, in which Nye thoroughly broke down all of Creationism’s arguments against evolution, one by one. Inspired by this, Nye wrote Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation to expand on the topics discussed in the debate. He covers all aspects of evolution — how it works, what we know and what we’re still trying to find out, how evolution affects every aspect of our lives. My favorite part was the chapter on altruism — how evolution has led us to feel the need to help others, even at a cost to ourselves. The writing is clear and very understandable, regardless of your level of science education.
I listened to the audio version, which Nye narrates himself. His enthusiasm for science and learning is contagious. You can practically hear him gesticulating when he makes his points — his voice gets so excited. I would recommend this to any person with even a little bit of curiosity about the world. Nye will take that curiosity and run with it.