Books for International Darwin Day

By Coll Rowe | February 12 2024 | Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

For International Darwin Day on February 12th, we are sharing books to inspire scientific thinking and promote education in commemoration of the birthday of Charles Darwin.

Portrait of a Genius

Acclaimed historian and biographer Paul Johnson turns his keen eye on Charles Darwin, the towering figure whose work continues to spur scientific debate.

$24.00 US
Sep 24, 2013
176 Pages
Penguin Books

The Portable Darwin

“Deserves to be as widely read as were the originals when they were first published.” —Biological Journal of the Linneas Society.

Includes five chapters from The Origin of Species, complete and unabridged; significant extracts from the works that precede and develop the theory of evolution: The Voyage of the Beagle, The Descent of Man, and The Variations of Animals and Plants; scientific papers, travel writings, letters, and a family memorial; plus a chronology and biography.

$31.00 US
Nov 01, 1993
592 Pages
Penguin Classics

From Darwin to Derrida
Selfish Genes, Social Selves, and the Meanings of Life

How the meaningless process of natural selection produces purposeful beings who find meaning in the world.

$39.95 US
Mar 31, 2020
512 Pages
The MIT Press

Darwin for Beginners

Splendidly illustrated, this clever, witty, highly informative book is the perfect introduction to Darwin’s life and thought.

$15.00 US
Jul 15, 2003
176 Pages

Angels and Ages
Lincoln, Darwin, and the Birth of the Modern Age

“A scintillating synthesis of history, biography and cultural commentary. . . . Gopnik is a writer of dazzling skill and daunting accomplishment.”
Chicago Tribune

$19.00 US
Feb 09, 2010
256 Pages

The Voyage of the Beagle
Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches

Charles Darwin’s account of the momentous voyage which set in motion the current of intellectual events leading to The Origin of Species.

$16.00 US
Nov 07, 1989
448 Pages
Penguin Classics

The Evolution of Beauty
How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed “the taste for the beautiful”—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world.

$17.00 US
Apr 03, 2018
448 Pages

The Descent of Man

Applying his controversial theory of evolution to the origins of the human species, Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man was the culmination of his life’s work.

$21.00 US
Jun 29, 2004
864 Pages
Penguin Classics