Upon arriving at university you may find yourself greeted by a huge list of books of recommended reading. Whilst these lists usually have some great books included, they rarely provide interesting and informative texts. Here are some suggestions of books for students looking to gain a wide knowledge base in Zoology whilst not being bored stiff.
The Diversity of Life – Edward O. Wilson
The diversity life is a super read for anyone with an interest in evolution, but wants something more digestible. Wilson describes how the Earths diversity came to exist and how it reached the levels of diversity we experience today. Written by an authority in biology you would expect nothing less than greatness in the explanations of evolutionary processes and Wilson doesn’t disappoint. This book provides a great over view of many topics in zoology and provides a great foundation for anyone looking to further their studies into evolution.
The Malay Archipelago – Alfred Russell Wallace
The Malay Archipelago retraces the journey undertaken by naturalist and explorer, Alfred Russell Wallace from 1854-1862. The book provides an interesting window into how naturalists of the era managed to collect samples and make the discoveries often taken for granted today. Whilst lacking in scientific descriptions the book is a fantastic read for
the enjoyment of the adventure Wallace engaged in his journey across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and New Guinea which allowed him to begin to bring together the theory of evolution separately from Darwin. Expect to be shocked by many of the techniques and opinions from the past but enthralled by a mans journey and his passion for adventure.
Animal Liberation – Peter Singer
Whilst ethics may not be considered interesting to many zoologists, it is certainly important. Peter Singer’s work on animal ethics and how scientists, and industry uses animals caused a life changing awareness of animal suffering for numerous people, including many big names in science. Far from a joyful book it will give you the knowledge that could further your skills in analysing the ethics of an experiment and by learning from the past give you better resources in preparing your own experiments. Defiantly one of the most influential books I read as a student.