Jeffery DelViscio/The New York Times
By Jeffery DelViscio
In February, William Sanford Nye, better known as Bill Nye the science guy, stepped onto a stage in Kentucky and faced down a hostile crowd in a debate that pitted evolution against creationism. It wasn’t his first time in the ring in science’s corner. In recent years, Mr. Nye has transitioned from the zany, on-screen face of an educational show on PBS, which ran from 1993 to 1998, to a hardened warrior for science on cable news programs and speaking tours of colleges and universities around the United States.
In the news media, the final scorecard at the end of the science versus creationism debate was itself debated. Some said Mr. Nye won. Some suggested the in just showing up, he lost. One certainty did come from it: Mr. Nye said that it compelled him to drop everything he was doing to write a book. That book, “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation” has just been released.
I talked to Mr. Nye, 58, last month about bumblebees, the debate and why it made him think of death and the need to write the book. Here is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.
Q: Talk about the title, “The Science of Creation.” It seems like clever wordplay with creation science. Is that what you meant?
A: Well, creation for me is all that we can see. It’s the universe, all the stars, and I guess now the dark matterand dark energy and you and me. And I would claim that it’s an older, more traditional use of the word creation. It’s nature.
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