Charles Darwin and Evolution: Our February Recommended Readings


February is Darwin Day month. Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of the English naturalist Charles Darwin. This year marks the 202th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.



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Take a look at our recommended reading collection and display by the circulation desk on the 2nd floor in the library. Read some quotes from Charles himself. We also have gathered a lot of evolutionary cartoons to lighten up your quarter!


Origins reconsidered : in search of what makes us human / Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin.
599.938 L435o 1992

Selfish gene / Richard Dawkins.
576.5 D271s

Moral animal : evolutionary psychology and everyday life / Robert Wright.
304.5 W947m 1995

River out of eden : a Darwinian view of life / Richard Dawkins ; illustrations by Lalla Ward.
576.82 D271r 1995

Why evolution works (and creationism fails) / Matt Young and Paul K. Strode.
231.7652 Y74w 2009

Darwin’s legacy : scenarios in human evolution / Sue Taylor Parker and Karin Enstam Jaffe.
599.938 P243d 2008

Science, evolution, and creationism / National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine.
576.8 S416 2008

New York times reader : science and technology / S. Holly Stocking and the writers of The New York times.
070.4495 N532 2011

Hypochondriacs : nine tormented lives / Brian Dillon.

616.8525 D579h 2010

Galápagos : exploring Darwin’s tapestry / John Hess.
508.8665 H586g 2009

Evolution wars : a guide to the debates / Michael Ruse.
576.82 R951e 2009

Evolution : the story of life / Douglas Palmer ; illustrated by Peter Barrett.
576.8 P173e 2009

Darwin’s universe : evolution from A to Z / Richard Milner ; with a foreword by Ian Tattersall and a preface by Stephen Jay Gould.
576.803 M659d 2009

Charles Darwin’s On the origin of species : a graphic adaptation / story by Michael Keller ; art by Nicolle Rager Fuller.
576.82 D228ok 2009

Intelligent thought : science versus the intelligent design movement / edited by John Brockman.

231.7652 I61 2006

Evolution-creation struggle / Michael Ruse.

231.7652 R951e 2005

Why Darwin matters : the case against intelligent design / Michael Shermer.

231.7652 S553w 2006

Voyage of the Beagle / Charles Darwin.

576.82092 D228v 1960

Life and letters of Charles Darwin; including an autobiographical chapter. Edited by his son, Francis Darwin. New York, D. Appleton, 1896.

508.092 D228L 1972

Structure and distribution of coral reefs. With an appendix by T.G. Bonney.

Darwin, Charles, 551.42 D228s

Darwin was wrong : a study in probabilities / I.L. Cohen.

576.8 C678d 1984

Evolution vs. creationism : an introduction / Eugenie C. Scott

576.8 S425e 2004

On natural selection / Charles Darwin.

576.82 D228o 2005

Darwin and his critics; the reception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by the scientific community [by] David L. Hull.

576.82 H913d 1973

Apes, angels, and Victorians; Darwin, Huxley, and evolution.

Irvine, William 576.8209 I72a 1955

Darwin : a very short introduction / Jonathan Howard.

576.82092 D228 2001

Darwin / Adrian Desmond & James Moore.

576.82092 D228de 1994

Taking Darwin seriously : a naturalistic approach to philosophy / Michael Ruse.

576.82092 D228r 1998

Autobiography of Charles Darwin, and selected letters / edited by Francis Darwin.

576.82092 D228d 1958

Charles Darwin; evolution by natural selection.

De Beer, Gavin, Sir 590.92 D228d

Darwin and the novelists : patterns of science in Victorian fiction / George Levine.

823.809 L665d 1988


Law’s meaning of life [electronic resource] : philosophy, religion, Darwin, and the legal person / Ngaire Naffine.

Evolution in the antipodes [electronic resource] : Charles Darwin and Australia / Tom Frame.

Charles Darwin [electronic resource] : the concise story of an extraordinary man / Tim M. Berra.

D.H. Lawrence and survival [electronic resource] : Darwinism in the fiction of the transitional period / Ronald Granofsky.

Electronic Book 823/.912

Darwin and archaeology [electronic resource] : a handbook of key concepts / edited by John P. Hart and John Edward Terrell ; foreword by Gary M. Feinman.

Electronic Book 930.1

Darwinian paradigm [electronic resource] : essays on its history, philosophy, and religious implications / Michael Ruse.

Electronic Book No call number

Darwin’s fishes [electronic resource] : an encyclopedia of ichthyology,

ecology, and evolution / Daniel Pauly.

Electronic Book

Darwin’s gift to science and religion [electronic resource] / by Francisco J. Ayala.

Electronic Book 576.8

Darwin’s plots [electronic resource] : evolutionary narrative in Darwin, George Eliot, and nineteenth-century fiction / Gillian Beer.

Electronic Book 823/.809356

Origin of species [electronic resource] : descent of a text, with modification / David Quammen.

Electronic Book 576.8/2

Origins of genius [electronic resource] : Darwinian perspectives on creativity / Dean Keith Simonton.

Electronic Book 153.9/8



Factoring in Mendel [electronic resource] Online Videos – Films on Demand Collection

Did Darwin Kill God? [electronic resource] Online Videos – Films on Demand Collection

Darwin, Naturally [electronic resource] Online Videos – Films on Demand Collection

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life [electronic resource] Online Videos – Films on Demand Collection

Intelligent design vs. evolution [videorecording] / ABC News Productions.

231.7652 I61 2006

Judgment day : intelligent design on trial / produced by Joseph McMaster, Gary Johnstone, Vanessa Tovell

231.7652 J92 2008

One voice in the cosmic fugue [videorecording] / writer and host, Carl Sagan.

520 S129c

Beyond Genesis: Origin of species by Charles Darwin / a presentation of Discovery Productions.

576.82 B573

Darwin’s dangerous idea [videorecording] / a PBS digital presentation

576.82 D228 2001

Origin of species [videorecording] Discovery Communications.

576.82 O69 2005

Charles Darwin [videorecording] : evolution’s voice / written and produced by Noah Morowitz ; a presentation of Hearst Entertainment.

576.82092 D228 2005




“On this website you can find all sorts of information about Charles Darwin and the Darwin Day Celebration. The Darwin Day Celebration promotes public education about science and encourages the celebration of Science and Humanity throughout the global community.” This site includes links to podcasts about Darwin and Evolution. Introduces the subjects of Natural Selection, the role of Inheritance, and DNA and Genetic Mutations, a history of Darwin’s life.

This a wonderful site that gives you access to everything that Darwin has written. All his works have been digitized and are available here. The images are great.
“Only this site contains Darwin’s complete publications, 20,000 private papers, the largest Darwin bibliography, manuscript catalogue and hundreds of supplementary works: specimens, biographies, obituaries, reviews, reference works and much more.”

A site “dedicated to the Life and Times of Charles Darwin.” This is a work in progress that introduces Charles Darwin. It includes a timeline of Darwin’s life, a list of all books written by Darwin, and a list of people who influenced Darwin.

This website bills itself as “your one-stop source for information on evolution.” “This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time.” It is from the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

This website includes a variety of reports, official statements and research papers on evolution. There are links to presentations and podcasts too! “The National Academies are America’s official, highly respected, bodies of eminent scientists, engineers, and doctors.”

This is a really cool site with lots of information and videos on Darwin, Change, Extinction, Survival, Sex, Humans, and Religion.



Filed under Highline Reads, Recommended Reading/Viewing, Research Resources

2 responses to “Charles Darwin and Evolution: Our February Recommended Readings

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  2. Deanna, HCC librarian

    Hi everyone,

    We’ve had a great response to this month’s Recommended Reading list! Here are a few more recommendations sent in from our readers:

    “Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution”
    By Dr. Michael J. Behe, Prof. of Biochemistry at Lehigh University

    “The Case For A Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God” by Lee Strobel

    “Refuting Evolution: What PBS and the scientific community don’t want you to know” by Jonathan Sarfati, PhD

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