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…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Gordon Wilson is currently a Senior Fellow of Natural History at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. Before coming to NSA he was a faculty member at Liberty University from 1991-2003. He has taught a wide array of biology courses at both institutions. Gordon received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University in 2003, and also earned his M.S. in Entomology and B.S. in Education/Biology at the University of Idaho. He has published his dissertation research on the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) in Southeastern Naturalist and the Herpetological Bulletin. When he’s not herping (look it up), you will probably find him teaching biology, discussing creation/intelligent design, or enjoying his family and the outdoors in his corner of the Palouse. He also regularly writes articles for Answers Magazine. Gordon and his wife Meredith have four children and three grandchildren.