Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Evolution of our Darwin specimens

To support the Reading and Writing 2 classes, we are continuing to add new material to our collection on Charles Darwin and associated topics: evolution, natural selection, Victorian culture, etc., etc. (see a sample at the bottom).  Highlights include: 

Materials on Course Reserve for you to use in your course work and research.  Of course, we have a copy of your required texts, but we have materials covering the science behind the theory of evolution, the debate and future of evolution, and the art resulting from Darwin's explorations and its impact.  You might like Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture, or Species: A History of the Idea, or my favoriteDry storeroom no. 1 : the secret life of the Natural History Museum.  Find the complete list here.

We added some ebooks on Darwin and evolution.  They are are linked in our catalog and available on and off campus and are "checked out" to you as long as your browser window is open.  Find the complete list at here.

Also, you may find it handy to listen to a book.  We just added The Voyage of the Beagle read by Richard Dawkins to our audio book collection.  You can also find audio versions of On the Origin of Species on LibriVox, a website that provides free access to audiobooks from the public domain.

Amy Naughton, Public Services Librarian

The Age of Wonder : How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes.  Q127.G4 H65 2008
Bioethics and the New Embryology : Springboards for Debate by Scott F. Gilbert. RG133.5 .G55 2005
Biology : life on Earth. 9th ed. by Teresa Audesirk . QH308.2 .A93 2011
Environmental Anthropology: From Pigs to Policies by Patricia K. Townsend. QH541 .T68 2009
A Fish Caught in Time : the Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg. QL638.L26 W45 2001 
Genes and DNA : a Beginner's Guide to Genetics and Its Applications by Charlotte K. Omoto. QH430 .O47 2004
Mapping the World : Stories of Geography by Caroline Laffon. GA201 .L33 2009
Screening the Body : Tracing Medicine's Visual Culture by Lisa Cartwright. R835 .C37 1995
The Selfish Gene. 30th anniversary ed. by Richard Dawkins . QH437 .D38 2006
Strange Maps : an Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities. by Frank Jacobs.  GA201 .J33 2009
The Third Chimpanzee : the Evolution and Future of the Human Anomaly by Jared M. Diamond.  GN281 .D53 2006 


  1. Hello. Where did you get your Darwin image? I'm interested in visualisations of Darwin. Contact me at: http://www.dur.ac.uk/m.d.eddy/Site/Contact.html

  2. I got the image from a Google search and am using it under a Creative Commons license for non-commercial use. You can get more information here http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsevis/3288860652/

    Thanks for you interest. I think it's a great image!