The evolutionary biologist tells us why Darwin is still essential reading and sifts the vast amount of more recent writing on evolution for books that are both inspiring to scientists and accessible to general readers
Some argue there is no necessary connection between the rejection of traditional religious ideas and the evolution of democracy but that's wrong, argues the eminent historian. He chooses books that give as full as possible a picture of the Enlightenment in all its dimensions.
Hume had a message he wanted to get out — particularly as regards skepticism about religion — but he was no proto-Richard Dawkins, says Simon Blackburn. He chooses the best books on David Hume.
The main reason for the survival of religion is not a desire to live a better life, but our fear of death, says the atheist author. She chooses the best books on atheism.
It's fashionable today to liken humans to animals but the developmental psychologist says it's more interesting to study the ways in which we're remarkably different from other creatures
The biology professor, and Catholic, tells us what we should read to understand the battle being fought between scientists and creationists