The Entangled Bibliography

640px-Feather_of_male_Pavo_cristatus_(Indian_peafowl)This page is growing compendium of all my resources for My Darwin Project.

Click on the Feather for links to all Darwin Project blog posts.

It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.    

~ Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species


The amount of books and reference materials on Evolution is enormous.  I picked three dozen or so books that I want to read, which is by no means a definitive bibliography, but it might help get me started.

Click on the goodreads button to see my full list with comments.

Carrie Naughton's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (darwin-project shelf)

Wikipedia also has a complete Bibliography of the Works of Charles Darwin.


In this Orion Magazine feature, “Defending Darwin,” James Krupa – impassioned and pragmatic – describes teaching his class on evolutionary biology at the University of Kentucky.

David Quammen is an eloquent and funny popular science writer whose National Geographic article “Was Darwin Wrong?” discusses evolution as theory and fact.  This is an engaging overview of evolution and natural selection.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science assembled this meaty collection of articles published by Science magazine in 2009, the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species. always has interesting articles at the intersection of philosophy, science, and the arts.  Here’s a detailed post about Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit, helpful for learning how to be a canny science reader.  And here’s a quick overview of the critical thinking checklist known as Prospero’s Precepts.  Or how about a concise LiveScience post that asks What is a Scientific Theory?


The Berkeley Evolution website is absolutely amazing.  Clearly written with simple to follow diagrams and links.  I started with Evolution 101 and traveled from there.

The American Museum of Natural History has a Darwin Manuscripts Project.

The HMS Beagle Project helps you enjoy the ship’s famous second voyage with a mapped summary of each port of call.  I’m totally digging this.

The Beagle Project is everything you could ever want to know about Darwin’s round-the-world trip.  It’s like footnote heaven in the shape of a blog.

Oooh, the Tree of Life web project.  Because evolution is a tree, not a ladder.

Also for the serious scholar, Darwin Online is hard to surpass.  The enormity of Darwin’s research, journals, and observations is staggering.

Check out the Gutenberg project and read The Origin of Species on your laptop or e-reader.  (Yes, you can read Darwin for free!)

For the price (free from the iBooks store) and the lovely images, take a look at E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth.  Biodiversity at its most gorgeous and comprehensible, in seven ebook volumes and as an iTunes U Course.

The Smithsonian has an excellent Human Origins website with lots of Q&A, illustrations, and videos.

About Darwin – A way bigger DIY Darwin website than I could ever dream of doing.

The American Geological Institute’s guide to Evolution and the Fossil Record.

Scitable’s webpage about Dating Rocks and Fossils.


Yale has a free online course in Evolution that is informative, challenging, and entertaining.  There are 36 Lectures, basically the EEB 122 course at Yale University – you’re right there in the lecture hall – exploring evolution from Darwin to present day genetic discoveries.  Pretend you’re Ivy League material (at least, that’s what I do).

Richard Dawkins looooves to gab about Darwin, and you can watch all three videos in his series The Genius of Charles Darwin for free on Youtube.


Intriguing, strange and unexpected Darwinian miscellany from anywhere (but mostly the interwebs).

The Appendix reports on the whimsical drawings that Darwin’s children made on his manuscripts.

The rap guide to Evolution by means of Natural Selection.  Geek rapper Baba Brinkman tells you what.

Redrafting The Voyage of the Beagle as a blog?

Darwin’s cousin invented the dog whistle…and unfortunately, eugenics too.

Watch this kooky satire from Philomena Cunk.


Satellite photo of the Galapagos Islands from Wikimedia Commons

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