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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Publication of Origin of Species

On this day in 1859, Charles Darwin published Origin of Species, outlining his theory of evolution.

    

The Origin Of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition by Charles Darwin. This is the book that started it all!

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman. This biography focuses on the Darwin's home life and how Emma Darwin deeply feared for her husband's soul, while still being supportive of his work.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield, illustrated by Keith Thompson. In this alternate take on WWI, The Allies are Darwinists, with their warships and weapons made by combining DNA strands from different animals. The Central Powers distrust the Darwinists reliance on animals, instead trusting technology and machines. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Behemoth.

    

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande. Mena's being shunned by her family, friends, and church for stopping them from some homophobic bullying. Things get worse when her science teacher refuses to teach intelligent design and only teaches Darwin's theory of evolution.

Ringside, 1925 by Jen Bryant. In 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee the teaching of evolution was on trial. This verse novel looks at the Scopes Monkey Trial by telling the story in multiple voices.

Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. This classic play is the version of the Scopes Trial that most are familiar with.

What are your favorite reads about Charles Darwin or evolution?

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