by Robin Marantz Henig.
Despite the dearth of firsthand information about Mendel that remains, Henig draws a provocative portrait of the man commonly recognized as the father of genetics. Mendel toiled in his greenhouse in Moravia, searching for a better way to breed peas and other plants. Upon concluding his major study, he published a paper reflecting an advanced understanding of inheritance. The paper languished in the proceedings of a local science society for 35 years, until three scientists in three separate countries simultaneously came across Mendel's work and melded it with their own. Henig eloquently reveals the idiosyncratic genius of a man ahead of his time. Originally published in hardcover in 2000.
Mariner Bks, 2001, 292 p., paperback
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