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Andrew McIntosh

Doctoral advisor
J.F. Clarke

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

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chemical engineering, combustion, thermoacoustics

Alma mater
University of Wales Cranfield Institute of Technology

Cranfield University, University of Wales

Known for
Intelligent design, Biomimetics

Andrew McIntosh is professor of thermodynamics and combustion theory at the University of Leeds. His group has received recognition for research on the physics behind the gaseous "cannon" of the bombardier beetle and his biomimetic application of this to the design of spray mechanisms, which has resulted in several patents. McIntosh is a young earth creationist.



McIntosh's research group has developed a new technology known as µMist which is based on the gaseous "cannon" of the bombardier beetle. In December 2010, this work received the outstanding contribution to innovation and technology title at the Times Higher Education awards in London.


In a discussion with Richard Dawkins on BBC Radio Ulster and in an article, McIntosh argued that the principles of thermodynamics are not consistent with Darwinian evolution. McIntosh said that the issue is that the second law of thermodynamics concerns entropy increasing in an isolated system. The current understanding is that because the earth is in an open system (where heat and mass transfer are allowed through the boundary) that entropy could readily decrease in such a system since outside there will be a compensatory overall increase. McIntosh argues against this, maintaining that even in an open system, random energy input will not produce complex and mutually dependent systems required for life without there being an existing or embryonic system there to begin with. Styer and Bunn have argued that the compensation principle of low entropy islands can be used to lower the entropy locally and generate free energy. McIntosh argues that it is information systems in living systems which are controlling the non equilibrium thermodynamics.

McIntosh is director of the organisation Truth in Science which promotes creationism and intelligent design. In November 2006, the University of Leeds issued a statement distancing itself from creationism, and noted that McIntosh's directorship of Truth in Science is unconnected with his teaching or research.

Publications and patents

  • Origins: Examining the Evidence (Truth in Science, 2011) ISBN 978-0956963109
  • The Delusion of Evolution (New Life Publishing Co, 2010) ISBN 978-1904835028
  • Genesis for Today: Showing the Relevance of the Creation/Evolution Debate to Today's Society (foreword by Ken Ham) (Day One Publications, 2000) ISBN 978-1-903087-15-2
  • Shah, AA; Brindley, J; McIntosh, AC; Radernacher, J (2008). "The effects of heat exchange and fluid production on the ignition of a porous solid". Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications. 9: 562–584. doi:10.1016/j.nonrwa.2006.12.002. 
  • McIntosh, AC (2007). "Combustion, fire, and explosion in nature - some biomimetic possibilities". Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science. 221: 1157–1163. doi:10.1243/09544062jmes541. 
  • Beheshti, N; McIntosh, AC (2007). "A biomimetic study of the explosive discharge of the Bombardier Beetle". International Journal of Design and Nature. 1: 61–69. doi:10.2495/d&n-v1-n1-61-69. 
  • McIntosh, AC; Beheshti, N Drug Delivery – Spray system based on bombardier beetle. 2010.
  • McIntosh, AC; Beheshti, N 60/720,716 (UOL Ref: UOL 05012/US/P1 Vapour Explosion Device. 2005.
  • References

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