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Mendel's life was full of disappointments: he failed his qualifying examinations to teach high school several times, and he had trouble getting the scientific establishment of his day to take him seriously. In her lucid, often moving life of the great (and to all purposes self-taught) scientist, Robin Marantz Henig gives readers a view of the deeply religious man himself and of his work not only in the context of his time but also in light of recent developments in the constantly changing field of genetics. Taking issue with historians of science who have sought to discount Mendel's contributions to the field, she makes a well-defended claim that the monk in his small garden should be honored as a genius: "a man with a vision and the dedication to carry it to its brilliant, radical conclusion." Her book is a fitting, and very welcome, memorial. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
thank you for delivering it so quick, this is one of the best non-fiction ever writtenPublished 2 months ago by Elaine Khodorkovsky
This book arrived in good condition; however, I found it too technical for me. I think someone who has more science background might enjoy it.Published on February 3, 2013 by Irene Stevens
This book contains a great story and one of the most complete pictures of Mendel and his experiments I've ever seen. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Starla
Not much is known about Gregor Mendel. This book gives the reader a taste of his life, including the famous pea plant experiments. Read morePublished on February 14, 2010 by Whatisreal
We don't have a great deal of contemporaneous documentation to illuminate the life and work of the Moravian Augustinian monk, Gregor Johann Mendel, the `father of modern genetics. Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by Wesley L. Janssen
what a great book. i am so touched. i considered myself fairly educated and still i got a few things out of this book. the book is very entertaining to read as well. Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by I. Wong
Henig admittedly takes creative license to fill in some historical gaps, but she goes too far in propagating the misconception that Mendel sent a copy of his paper to Charles... Read morePublished on November 28, 2006 by kgh