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Biology

 

A Suggested Reading List for A Level Biologists

 

Magazines, Newspapers and journals

New Scientist

Scientific American

Nature

Science

Biological Sciences Review

British Medical Journal

Any scientific articles in newspapers (eg the Guardian on Wednesday)

 

Websites

Books

 

Richard Dawkins:

The Selfish Gene

The Blind Watchmaker

Unweaving the Rainbow

Climbing Mount Improbable

The Ancestor’s Tale

 

Steve Jones:

Y: The Descent of Men

In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny

Almost Like a Whale: The 'Origin of Species' Updated 

The Language of the genes

 

Matt Ridley

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

The Language of Genes

Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human 

 

James Watson:

DNA: The Secret of Life

The Double Helix: Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

 

Lewis Thomas:

The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.
The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher Barry Gibb

 

Charles Darwin: The origin of species

 

Armand Marie Leroi: Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body

 

David S. Goodsell: The Machinery of Life

 

Ernst Mayr: This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World
 

George C. Williams: Plan and Purpose in Nature

 

Steve Pinker: The Language Instinct

 

Edward O Wilson: The Diversity of Life

 

Primo Levi: The Periodic Table

 

Richard Leaky: The Origin of Humankind

 

Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything