The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities


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Discovery Institute
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.18 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

William Dembski (Ph.D., mathematics, University of Chicago; Ph.D., philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago) is senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He has previously taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University, and he has been a National Science Foundation doctoral and postdoctoral fellow. Dembski has written numerous scholarly articles and is the author of the critically acclaimed The Design Inference (Cambridge), Intelligent Design (InterVarsity Press) and No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence (Rowman and Littlefield).

Winston Ewert is a software engineer and intelligent design researcher. He received his PhD from Baylor University in electrical and computer engineering. He specializes in computer simulations of evolution, genomic design patterns, and information theory. A Google alum, he is a Senior Fellow of the Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Discovery Institute.


"Well argued and eminently readable... I don't see how any open-minded scientist can ignore this important book."-Sergiu Klainerman, Higgins Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University, member of the National Academy of Sciences

"Clearly written, rigorous, and intellectually compelling. A work of genuine genius."-Stephen C. Meyer, Director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, author of Signature in the Cell, Darwin's Doubt, and Return of the God Hypothesis

"A compelling refutation of the neo-Darwinian narrative; it will be a gamechanger in the discourse on whether or not life has been designed."-Muzaffar Iqbal, Founder-President of the Center for Islamic Sciences, past Director of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences

"Prepare to be dazzled. This new edition of The Design Inference is a tour de force of thinking and explaining-a veritable feast. If you are serious about understanding fundamental reality, evidence, and reasoning, read this book."-Gale Pooley, Associate Professor of Business Management, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, co-author of Superabundance

"In this superb new edition of The Design Inference, Dembski and Ewert set design science on a solid scientific foundation and provide scientists with the opportunity to test their theories for and against design using objective quantitative methods."-Michael Egnor, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University

"The second edition of The Design Inference makes a compelling case that the 'design' in nature is real and can be scientifically inferred. As they show, the specified complexity of the information contained in DNA and RNA... cannot plausibly be attributed to unguided natural processes; logically and causally, it requires an intelligent designer."-Timothy P. Jackson, the Bishop Mack B. and Rose Stokes Professor of Theological Ethics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

"This second, and expanded, edition benefits greatly from the significant advances in understanding the design inference over the last twenty-five years... The Design Inference shows how meaningful events can be, and indeed are, recognized using a simple criterion: specified complexity. In this second edition, Dembski and Ewert carefully explain this criterion, showing how it... extends the reach of science."-Fred Skiff, the Harriet B. and Harold S. Brady Chair in Laser Physics, University of Iowa

"This book is another important step along the way to validating intelligent design as a mainstream and scientifically robust alternative to Charles Darwin's nineteenth-century philosophy of natural selection."-Andrew Ruys, Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Retired), University of Sydney

"A pleasure to read... [and] worthy of attention and respect."-Christopher P. Grant, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Brigham Young University

"In this second edition of The Design Inference, Dembski and Ewert present a formidable probabilistic and information-theoretic method for determining whether design, rather than chance, was the cause of an observed event."-Terry Rickard, PhD, Engineering Physics, University of California, San Diego

"I highly recommend you give this book a serious read."-James P. Keener, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, University of Utah