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.
This is a biography well worth reading.
This is not the author's only slapdash philosophical propounding, but as these flaws were not particularly important to the book, I resisted the urge to give up on it.
Highly recommended for biology and genetics teachers, students, and anyone interested in science and/or history.
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 19 months ago 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
The Monk In The Garden by, Robin Marantz Henig, is a good book surrounded by a more boring, speculative one. Read morePublished on May 22, 2006 by tims reviews for bio
I have spent 10 years teaching high school biology, and as such a person, I have a reverence for poor Mendel strugling in his garden. Read morePublished on October 12, 2005 by S. Potter
I'm surprised so many rated this book so highly. As I was reading, I kept asking myself why Henig included so many petty descriptions of Mendel, especially regarding his size:... Read morePublished on July 28, 2005 by Batjacboy