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On-line editions of Darwin's The Origin of Species






Charles Darwin


Donald Johanon & Blake Edgar, From Lucy to Language, Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated, 2001, ISBN: 1841880388

A coffee table book on human evolution - great photographs

Paul Jordan, Neanderthal, Sutton Publishing; 1999; ISBN: 0750919345

A book about our near but extinct cousins

Robin McKie, Ape Man, BBC Consumer Publishing (Books); 2000, ISBN: 0563551054

A popular book on human evolution

Book cover of Extinct Humans

Ian Tatersall and Jeffrey Schwartz, Extinct Humans, Westview Press, 2000, ISBN 0-8133-3482-9

Tatersall and Schwartz are leading scientists in human anthropology

Ian Tatersall, The Last Neanderthal, Westview Press; 1999; ISBN: 0813336759

Tatersall on our nearest cousins

Ian Tatersall, The Monkey in the Mirror: Essays on the Science of what makes us Human, Oxford University Press; 2002; ISBN: 0198515693

Encyclopaedia of Human Evolution

Steve Jones, Robert Martin and David Pilbeam, editors, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, Cambridge University Press, 1992, ISBN 0-521-46789-1


Ian Tatersall, Becoming Human: Evolution and Human Uniqueness, Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0192862146

A wonderful set of essays on human evolution by one of its most articulate experts


Mark Ridley: Evolution

Mark Ridley, Evolution, Blackwell Science; 2003; ISBN: 1405103450

Advanced undergraduate, postgraduate text - if you want to understand evolutionary science, read this superb book

Futuyama - Evolutionary biology

Douglas Futuyama, Evolutionary Biology, Sinauer Associates Incorporated, 1998, ISBN: 0878931899

Another excellent -advanced undergraduate text

Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Penguin Books; ISBN: 0140291229

Readable pugnacious enjoyable popular account of evolutionary theory

Stephen J Gould, Structure of Evolutionary Theory, Harvard University Press; 2000; ISBN: 0674006135

The grand master's final magnum opus

Steve Jones, Darwin's Ghost or Almost like a Whale, Ballantine, 2000, ISBN 0-345-42277-5

Origin of Species updated with modern evidence

Ernst Mayr, What Evolution Is, Basic Books; 2002, ISBN: 0465044255

A readable book on evolution from the grand old man of the evolutionary synthesis

Matt Ridley, Genome, Fourth Dimension Publications, 2000, ISBN: 185702835X

Fascinating book on the human genome - a spellbinding tale for each chromosome

Michael Ruse, Darwin and Design, Harvard Press, 2003, ISBN: 067401023X

Excellent monograph on the relationships between science and religion, and on evolution and its critics

Richard Dawkins, A Devils' Chaplain, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2003, ISBN: 0297829734

Dawkins wonderful and moving book of essays

Jennifer Clack, Gaining Ground, Indiana University Press, 2002, ISBN: 0253340543

If you want to understand the emergence and evolution of tetrapods , this is the book for you.


Pascal Boyer, Religion Explained, Heinnemann 2001, ISBN 0-434-00843-5

How evolutionary psychology and the evolution of human cognition explains humans' propensity to be religious


Steven Mithen, The Prehistory of the Mind, Thames and Hudson, 1996, ISBN 0-500-28100-9

Evolutionary psychology given the archaeological treatment

Robert Axelrod, Evolution of Co-operation, Penguin Books; ISBN: 0140124950

Seminal text on how evolution can explain co-operation

Matt Ridley, Origins of Virtue, Penguin Books; ISBN: 0140244042

Matt Ridley updates and interprets Axelrod - and explains how evolution can account for human co-operation, kindness and virtue.


Fred Adams and Greg Laughlin, Five Ages of the Universe: Inside the Physics of Eternity, Free Press; 1999, ISBN: 0743237722

A wonderful book about the history of the cosmos and how it will unfold in the future ages

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time, Bantam; 1995, ISBN: 0553175211

The world-famous book by the world-famous Lucasian Professor of mathematics at Cambridge

Stephen Hawking, The Universe in a Nutshell, 2001, Bantam Press; ISBN: 0593048156

A Brief History of Time reworked with additional material and better graphics

Alan Rubin, Disturbing the Solar System, Princeton University Press; 2002, ISBN: 0691074747

Understanding the gravitational mess that is our galactic neighbourhood


Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, Fashionable Nonsense, Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science, Picador, 1998, ISBN: 0312204078

Sokal and Bricmont's demolition of the foolishness that is post-modern academic philosophy - this book grew out of the fantastic Sokal hoax

Robert Ehrlich, 8 Preposterous Propositions, Princeton University Press, ISBN: 0691099995

Ehrlich discusses eight controversial scientific ideas

Francis Wheen, How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World, Fourth Estate, 2004, ISBN: 0007140967

How cults, quackery, irrational panics, moral confusion and mumbo-jumbo got the upper hand in the 20th century over reason and enlightenment

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