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Library Features Book Display for Darwin Day, 2010

Last Friday, February 12 (you know, the big snow day) was Darwin Day. "Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809." Since the celebration can take place on or around February 12, I say we are still on track. Darwin Day is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about science and humanity. We are currently featuring a book display in the library's third floor, and the exhibit will be available through the month of February. Like all our book displays, the exhibit is free and open to the public. Items inside the display case are available for check-out upon request. Feel free to ask for any item of interest by visiting the Circulation or Reference Desks. We'll be happy to open the case and check them out to you.  Please note that books are usually shelved in the third floor (unless noted otherwise). The items currently in the display case are:
  • Francisco José Ayala, Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion. QH375 .A93 2007. "Taking a more pacific tone than Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett in this marvelous little book, Ayala, a UC-Irvine biologist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, offers a way to reconcile religion and science on the issue of evolution" (from Publishers Weekly review).
  • Marston Bates and Philip S. Humphrey, The Darwin Reader. QH302 .D33. A selection of Charles Darwin's writings.
  • Matthew Chapman, 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania. KF228 .K589 2007. "Chapman, Charles Darwin's great-great grandson and a successful Hollywood screenwriter, describes the 2005 intelligent design (ID) trial in Dover, Pa. The native-born Brit loves his adopted American home, but is terrified at the rise of a belligerent fundamentalism that seems to him invincibly ignorant and contemptuous of such scientific commonplaces as evolution. The 40 days and nights of the trial convince him that ID should indeed be taught in every science classroom in America: as an exercise in removing the kid gloves with which religion is treated in this country, science teachers should demolish ID before their pupils' eyes" (from Publisher's Weekly review).
  • Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle. QH11 .D2 1959. This is the travelogue and natural history book detailing Darwin's scientific voyage with the H.M.S. Beagle, including his time in the Galapagos Islands. Darwin drew on this experience for his book The Origin of the Species.
  • Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. QH365 .O71 1951. This is the book that launched the controversies, and it is the book where Darwin presents his theories on evolution and natural selection, theories that are still applicable today.
  • Paul R. Ehrlich, Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and Human Prospect. GN281.4 .E374 2002. "With personal anecdotes, a well-written narrative, and clear examples, Human Naturesis a major work of synthesis and scholarship as well as a valuable primer on genetics and evolution that makes complex scientific concepts accessible to lay readers" (from Publisher's Weekly review).
  • Edward Humes, Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul. QH362 .H86 2008. "If the conflicts about evolution and the teaching of human origins are to continue, says Humes, let the combatants be armed with fact not fiction. He begins with a brief summary of 2004 events in Dover, Pennsylvania, then sets out the tenets of evolution theory and the objections to it in non-technical language and an informal style" (from
  • Richard Leakey, The Origin of Humankind. GN281 .L39 1994. "How did we come to be as we are? How were we transformed from apelike beings into people? Leakey -- from the renowned family of paleontologists that includes his famous parents Louis and Mary as well as his brother Jonathan -- outlines in clear, fairly jargon-free prose what we now know about the course of our evolutionary history. . . .[Leakey] does a fine job of summarizing various theories, giving his opinion of which is best, and encouraging the reader to think critically about the evidence on which each theory is based" (from KLIATT Review).
  • Lauri Lebo, The Devil In Dover: an Insider's Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-town America. KF228 .K589 L43 2008. "Veteran journalist Lebo, stationed just down the road in Harrisburg, covered the 2004 law suit against the Dover, Pennsylvania school board after it voted to teach creationism in ninth-grade biology. Here she recounts not only the events and her experiences getting the story, but also the background and context" (from
  • Sue Taylor Parker and Karin Enstam Jaffe, Darwin's Legacy: Scenarios in Human Evolution. GN281 .P339 2008. "A great introduction for advanced undergraduate and graduate students into the complex and controversial field of human evolution" (from CHOICE Reviews).
  • Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-billion-year History of the Human Body. QM26 .S58 2009.  "Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the fish with hands, tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest: enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm" (from book description).
  • Carl Zimmer, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea. QH361 .Z48 2006. "With a new introduction by an award-winning science writer and an introduction by the late, noted evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, this reissue of the 2001 HarperCollins book remains an admirable introduction to the ideas of and debates over evolution. Zimmer covers Darwin's biography and seminal theory, current scientific adaptations of Darwinism, and creationism." (From book description).
Published by root on 16 Feb

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