Free downloads of "Darwin" books for Darwin Day

By Grant Jacobs 13/02/2012 5


A quick heads-up for readers: in celebration of Darwin Day (Charles Darwin’s birthday), The National Academies Press have offered free downloads of PDF copies of several ’Darwin books’.

Titles include:

  • Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution
  • In the Light of Evolution Volume I: Adaptation and Complex Design
  • In the Light of Evolution Volume II: Biodiversity and Extinction
  • In the Light of Evolution III: Two Centuries of Darwin
  • In the Light of Evolution IV: The Human Condition
  • Darwin’s Gift: To Science and Religion
  • Science, Evolution, and Creationism
  • Evolution in Hawaii: A Supplement to Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science

Other books they offer can be found via the main page.


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5 Responses to “Free downloads of "Darwin" books for Darwin Day”

  • While we’re on the subject of Darwin, in this article Mike White propounds why he thinks everyone should read The Voyage of The Beagle before they die:

    http://thefinchandpea.com/2012/02/12/why-you-need-to-read-the-voyage-of-the-beagle-before-you-die/

    I’d like to excerpt one passage (for Origin read On the Origin of Species; likewise for Voyage) :

    “Darwin’s Origin is often included in collections of great books by default, because it is one of the very few important primary scientific documents that can be read without specialized training. But the Origin is an argument for a specific scientific theory, while the Voyage is a much more general foreshadowing of science’s cultural force in the modern world. If you are going to read one book by Darwin before you die, or one Great Book on any of the sciences, it must be The Voyage of the Beagle, because this book is a genuinely great work of literature, a compelling account of a then-embryonic vision of the world that has now come into its own in modern society, told in an expressive and beautiful language which is exactly suited to its subject.”

  • Voyage of the Beagle is one of my favourite books, an amazing story. I frequently recommend it to anyone who will listen :)

  • hi dear , when I was in my school my English teacher told me that free means I do not pay any money :) it’s not free books dear

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