Wonders of Creation: Design in a Fallen World
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If the universe came into existence by chance, it did so against immeasurable odds. It follows that if every living thing evolved step-by-step over millions of years into the intricate, complex and kaleidoscopic beauty, order and design that we see around us, this also was against these incalculable odds. We may go further and claim that the vital interrelationship of the universe - the precise movements of the planets, the regular seasons of the year, the reliance of all living things upon each other - also evolved against the same unimaginable odds.
We must conclude either that everything - each individual detail - in the known universe, and especially planet earth, evolved against a series of unimaginable, unbelievable and infinitesimal odds - or we should look for an alternative and more reasonable explanation. It is that more reasonable explanation which is presented in this book. However, the beauty and order, the incredible harmony and diversity, is too often shattered by violence and pain, disorder and death. Before our journey in this book concludes, we will face the questions posed by theologians, scientists and philosophers for millennia: "What went wrong and what is the purpose of it all?"
But first, enjoy the panorama of a creation so beautifully detailed, ordered and complex that it would be unbelievable if it was not there in front of us.
Andy McIntosh, DSc, FIMA, CMath, FEI, CEng, FInstP, MIGEM, FRAeS up to 2010 was Professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory at the University of Leeds. He has had a long scientific research career concerning mathematics, combustion and aeronautics, both in academia and government establishments and is now a visiting Professor at Leeds. He is married with three children living, and one who died in infancy, with currently six grandchildren. He speaks regularly both in the UK and abroad in connection with the importance of origins. In the latter years of his academic work, his research led him into the life sciences with the study of the bombardier beetle, and the whole field of biomimetics - learning engineering solutions from nature. This research, inspired by the intricate design features of the beetle, has led to a novel spray technology being applied to fuel injectors, pharmaceutical sprays, aerosols and fire extinguishers.
Brian Edwards was Pastor of Hook Evangelical Church, Surbiton, for twenty-nine years, before becoming President of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. He is an international speaker, a member of the Tyndale Society and editor of the Travel Guide series. He has a ministry of writing, lecturing and preaching, and is the author of over eleven books.
Dr Stuart Burgess, Ph.D., is a Reader in Engineering Design at Bristol University. His research areas include the study of design in nature. He previously worked in industry, designing rocket and satellite systems for the European Space Agency. He is winner of the Worshipful Company of Turners Gold Medal for the design of the solar array deployment system on the 1.4 billion ENVISAT earth observation satellite.