Today's New York Times carries on article on the work of Adnan Oktar, AKA Harun Yahya, the Turkish author of Atlas of Creation, a creationist tome that has been distributed to academic institutions around the world. Standing at 800 full-colour glossy pages, the Atlas claims that creatures living today are identical to those alive in the fossil past, and that evolution is a "theory in crisis" that contradicts the Koran.
Yahya hit the news earlier this year when his book was distributed to instututions across France, and now it is being sent unsolicited to US scientists, universities, science museums and members of Congress. Taking into account the book's size and print quality, not to mention postage costs, the bill for Yahya's operation must be running into millions of dollars. However, the source of these finances remains a mystery.
Fortunately, the Atlas does not seem to be getting much of a reception from the scientists it has been sent to. Speaking to the New York Times, Kevin Padian, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, put it best: “I'm just astounded at its size and production values and equally astonished at what a load of crap it is.”