Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Evolution. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution - a number one international best seller - that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human". One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one - Homo sapiens . What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago, with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because, over the last few decades, humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? This provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

  • Author: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Biological Sciences, Evolution & Genetics, Evolution

                 

2. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens , returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but as Harari explains in his trademark style - thorough yet riveting - famine, plague, and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists, and criminals put together. The average American is 1,000 times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet Earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus . With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times best seller, Harari maps out our future.

  • Author: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Biological Sciences, Evolution & Genetics, Evolution

                 

3. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the code of life. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn’t become scientists, she decided she would. Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book’s author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned ​ a curiosity ​of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions. The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code. Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Hmmm…Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids? After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species.

  • Author: Walter Isaacson
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition (March 9, 2021)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Community & Culture
  • ISBN: 978-1982115852
  • Dimensions: 6.13 x 1.9 x 9.25 inches

                 

4. Dinosaur Era - Primary Story Journal: Dotted Midline and Picture Space | Grades K-2 School Exercise Book | 100 Story Pages - Blue (Kids Jurassic Composition Notebooks)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

Primary Composition Notebook Large 8.5x11 in./21.6x27.9 cm 50 Sheets/100 Pages Story paper pages with a blank picture space on the top half and primary ruled lines on the bottom half of the page. The dotted midline and thick baseline make handwriting practice easier for kids in preschool and elementary school learning how to write. Compatible with the common handwriting methods used in schools such as Zaner-Bloser, D'Nealian, and McDoughal Littel.

  • Author: Skye Print Books
  • Publisher: Independently published (August 8, 2018)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1718087385
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.23 x 11 inches

                 

5. Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1998 Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history. Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Diamond also dissects racial theories of global history, and the resulting work— Guns, Germs and Steel —is a major contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies.

  • Author: Jared Diamond
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Biological Sciences, Evolution & Genetics, Evolution

                 



6. Lifespan: Why We Age - and Why We Don't Have To


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

Audio bonus! Includes exclusive conversations with the authors! From an acclaimed Harvard professor and one of Time ’s most influential people, this paradigm-shifting audiobook shows how almost everything we think we know about aging is wrong, offers a front-row seat to the amazing global effort to slow, stop, and reverse aging, and calls listeners to consider a future where aging can be treated. For decades, experts have believed that we are at the mercy of our genes and that natural damage to our genes - the kind that inevitably happens as we get older - makes us become sick and grow old. But what if everything you think you know about aging is wrong? What if aging is a disease - and that disease is treatable? In Lifespan , one of the world’s foremost experts on aging and genetics reveals a groundbreaking new theory that will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it. Aging isn’t immutable; we can have far more control over it than we realize. This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the front lines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs - many from Dr. David Sinclair’s own lab - that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse , the genetic clock. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes - the decedents of an ancient survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Dr. Sinclair shares the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes - such as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, and exercising with the right intensity - that have been shown to help lead to longer lives. Lifespan provides a road map for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future when humankind is able to live to be 100 years young. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: David A. Sinclair PhD
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Biological Sciences, Evolution & Genetics, Genetics

                 

7. Jurassic Park: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

#1  NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER •  From the author of  Timeline, Sphere,  and  Congo,  this is the classic thriller of science run amok that took the world by storm. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s  The Great American Read “Michael Crichton’s dinosaurs are genuinely frightening.” —Chicago Sun-Times An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.   Until something goes wrong. . . .   In  Jurassic Park,  Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller. Praise for  Jurassic Park   “Wonderful . . . powerful.” — The Washington Post Book World “Frighteningly real . . . compelling . . . It’ll keep you riveted.” —The Detroit News   “Full of suspense.” — The New York Times Book Review

  • Author: Michael Crichton
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 25, 2012)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure
  • ISBN: 978-0345538987
  • Dimensions: 4.14 x 1.12 x 7.51 inches

                 

8. The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

  • Author: Robert Wright
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Biological Sciences, Evolution & Genetics, Evolution

                 

9. A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

A bold, provocative history of our species finds the roots of civilization's success and failure in our evolutionary biology.   We are living through the most prosperous age in all of human history, yet people are more listless, divided and miserable than ever. Wealth and comfort are unparalleled, and yet our political landscape grows ever more toxic, and rates of suicide, loneliness, and chronic illness continue to skyrocket. How do we explain the gap between these two truths? What's more, what can we do to close it?   For evolutionary biologists Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein, the cause of our woes is clear: the modern world is out of sync with our ancient brains and bodies. We evolved to live in clans, but today most people don't even know their neighbors' names.  Survival in our earliest societies depended on leveraging the advantages of our sex differences, but today even the concept of biological sex is increasingly dismissed as offensive. The cognitive dissonance spawned by trying to live in a society we're not built for is killing us.   In this book, Heying and Weinstein cut through the politically fraught discourse surrounding issues like sex, gender, diet, parenting, sleep, education, and more to outline a science-based worldview that will empower you to live a better, wiser life. They distill more than 20 years of research and first-hand accounts from the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth into straightforward principles and guidance for confronting our culture of hyper-novelty.

  • Author: Heather Heying
  • Publisher: Portfolio (September 14, 2021)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-0593086889
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.81 x 9 inches

                 

10. Everything You Need to Ace Biology in One Big Fat Notebook (Big Fat Notebooks)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Evolution - August 2021

Biology? No Problem! This Big Fat Notebook covers everything you need to know during a year of high school BIOLOGY class, breaking down one big bad subject into accessible units. Including: biological classification, cell theory, photosynthesis, bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi, the human body, plant and animal reproduction, DNA & RNA, evolution, genetic engineering, the ecosystem and more. Study better with mnemonic devices, definitions, diagrams, educational doodles, and quizzes to recap it all. Millions and millions of BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS sold!

  • Author: Workman Publishing
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (April 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Education & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-1523504367
  • Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8 inches