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Kansan's Guide to Science
The August 1999 Kansas State Board of Education’s decision to de-emphasize
evolution in public school standards, and the controversy that followed,
highlighted the need to improve basic science literacy in Kansas. A new
book from the Kansas Geological Survey aims to help do that.
A Kansan’s Guide to Science was written by University
of Kansas scientists Paulyn Cartwright, Roger Kaesler, Bruce Lieberman,
and Adrian Melott. Their goal, as stated in the book’s preface,
is to “reach all Kansas citizens who wish to learn more about the
nature of science, geologic time, evolution, and the origin of the universe
from a Kansas perspective.”
The book is organized around a series of frequently asked questions.
It contains numerous color drawings and photographs, many depicting fossils
of animals that lived in Kansas millions of years ago. Also included is
a glossary of terms used in discussing geologic time, evolution, and the
history of life on earth. A list of suggested readings and educational
resources is a handy reference for learning more about evolution, the
nature of science, the relationship between science and religion, and
creationism. A number of online educational resources are also listed.
Copies of the book are available for $7.50, plus $3 postage and handling, plus 5.9% sales tax for Kansas residents on the entire order. Contact the Survey’s Publications Sales Office (785-864-4217 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
A Kansan's Guide to Science.
Online February 10, 2003
Comments to: email@example.com
Kansas Geological Survey