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.

Darwin
Portrait of a Genius
978-0-14-750977-2

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
Paperback
176 Pages
Penguin Books

The Portable Darwin
978-0-14-015109-1

“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
Paperback
592 Pages
Penguin Classics

From Darwin to Derrida
Selfish Genes, Social Selves, and the Meanings of Life
978-0-262-04378-6

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

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

Darwin for Beginners
978-0-375-71458-0

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

$15.00 US
Jul 15, 2003
Paperback
176 Pages
Pantheon

Angels and Ages
Lincoln, Darwin, and the Birth of the Modern Age
978-0-307-45530-7

“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
Paperback
256 Pages
Vintage

The Voyage of the Beagle
Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches
978-0-14-043268-8

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
Paperback
448 Pages
Penguin Classics

The Evolution of Beauty
How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us
978-0-345-80457-0

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
Paperback
448 Pages
Anchor

The Descent of Man
978-0-14-043631-0

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
Paperback
864 Pages
Penguin Classics