Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was an English naturalist whose best-known book, On the Origin of Species (1859) underpins much of modern thought on how life on Earth developed into the variety of species we have today. Rather than a divine designer, Darwin argued that it was evolution by natural selection that created creatures so seemingly well-adapted to their environment. According to evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, On the Origin of Species is a book “you have to have read if you want to be considered an educated person.” However, Charles Darwin wrote more than 50 books and some of his others have also been recommended on Five Books:
(NB An excellent biography of Darwin has also been highlighted on Five Books).
Books by Charles Darwin
Interviews where books by Charles Darwin were recommended
Micrographia: The Complete Facsimile of the First Printing of 1665
by Robert Hooke
by Gerald S Hawkins
A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking
The Double Helix
by James Watson
The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms with Observations on their Habits
by Charles Darwin
Adam Hart-Davis says clear simple writing is the key to an accessible science book. Selects the five books he believes offer the best introduction to Popular Science. Includes works from Darwin, Watson and Hawking
The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals
by Charles Darwin
Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science
by Donna J Haraway
Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo
by Nigel Rothfels
Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy
by Sarah Franklin
Beastly Natures: Animals, Humans, and the Study of History
by Dorothee Brantz
Animals have played a significant role in human history, and the manner by which we interpret their behaviour says a lot about our own culture and social mores. Harriet Ritvo, professor of history at MIT, selects five of the best books from the field of animal history.
The nineteenth century saw not only a widespread interest in philosophical ideas but also philosophy’s development as a more rigorous discipline. Australian philosopher Peter Singer introduces us to the highlights of a century of philosophy books.
Welcome to life in the Anthropocene, a new epoch in the history of life where the impact of humanity on the Earth system is so great, we need a new term for it. Author and journalist Caspar Henderson offers a rich reading list to help ourselves and our children grow up in the Anthropocene.
Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne 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. He picks the best books on evolution.
The bestselling author of Cod and Salt tells us about five science books he loves—from whales and snails to evolution and string theory—all of which make difficult subjects accessible
Paleoanthropologist Tim White tells us about his work investigating the origins of homo sapiens and explains what a 4.4 million-year-old skeleton he found in Africa tells us about our common past.
Just as no one can study political science without a basic understanding of human history, or study a modern animal without a basic understanding of evolution, so no one can understand climate change without understanding the Earth’s history, argues the Princeton geology professor.
The Professor of Philosophy at the University of London and Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, picks five books on Ideas That Matter. He discusses Aristotle, Darwin, Kant, Hazlett and Austen
The Science Correspondent for the Uk’s Channel 4 discusses the magical allure of science. He chooses five great books on subjects ranging from genetics to natural history and astro-physics