By Michael D. Barton

Michael D. Barton is an undergraduate in history at Montana State University-Bozeman. He plans to continue with a graduate program in the history of science, where he would like to research some aspect of Charles Darwin's life, work, or legacy. When he is not adding cool stuff to his blog, or reading for his classes, he spends time with his wife and 18-month old son.


Much like David Quammen’s The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (2006) and Edward J. Larson’s Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory (2004), Harvard historian of science Janet Browne’s Darwin’s Origin of Species: A Biography (2007, ‘Books That Changed the World’ series, which also includes the Bible, the Qur’an, Smith’s Wealth of Nations , Plato’s Republic, Paine’s Rights of Man, and Marx’s Das Kapital) serves, I think, as a great introductory book on the topic of Darwin and evolution (for either lay persons wishing to become familiar with the topic or for undergraduate level courses in the history of science or…