Don DeYoung, Ph.D.

Don DeYoung, Ph.D.

Don DeYoung, Ph.D., professor of physics at Grace College, explains how nature has inspired some of the greatest inventions and medical breakthroughs on his Web site, This Web site features a different design every month, with all of the previous designs easily accessible.

For example, DeYoung featured the kingfisher in January of 2009. This bird, native to Canada and northern regions of the United States, inspired Japanese engineers with their design of engines for bullet trains. Previously, the trains had caused sonic booms, which disturbed people living within several miles of the tracks.

The Japanese studied the design of the kingfisher’s beak and redesigned many of their train engines to have long, tapered noses. This design creates less noise and increases energy efficiency.

Other cases where nature has solved technological problems, or provided for needs, can be found on the Discovery of Design Web site. “God has embedded countless design ideas in nature, and He’s just waiting for us to discover them,” DeYoung once said during Chapel services at Grace.

In addition to this Web site, DeYoung is currently putting together some of his research for a book titled Discovery of Design. He, along with co-author Derrik Hobbs (an alumnus of Grace), will include hundreds of examples which show in the book how inventors and designers have taken inspiration from creation.

The authors expect the book to be published in the fall of 2009. For more information, visit


  1. Tim Smith Says:

    Re: Raising the Bar on Creation Research

    You indicate that radiometric dating is flawed and basically cannot be used to date earth events.

    Shouldn’t a finding such as this be published in other journals so it can be tested and discussed in the physics community. If true, this should qualify you for a Nobel prize. Why haven’t you published this important work?

  2. Michael Spence Says:

    It has indeed been published! See Thousands not Billions: Challenging the Icon of Evolution, Questioning the Age of the Earth (Master Books, 2005).

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