The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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In THE MONK IN THE GARDEN, award-winning author Robin Marantz Henig vividly evokes a little-known chapter in science, taking us back to the birth of genetics, a field that continues to challenge the way we think about life itself. Shrouded in mystery, Gregor Mendel's quiet life and discoveries make for fascinating reading. Among his pea plants Henig finds a tale filled with intrigue, jealousy, and a healthy dose of bad timing. She "has done a remarkable job of fleshing out the myth with what few facts there are" (Washington Post Book World) and has delivered Mendel's story with grace and glittering prose. THE MONK IN THE GARDEN is both a "classic tale of redemption" (New York Times Book Review) and a science book of the highest literary order.
  

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Review: The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics

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In the confines of St. Thomas, an Augustinian monastery, Gregor Johann Mendel conducted a 7 year long experiment which resulted in the Law of Segregation and the Law of Independent Assortment ... Read full review

Review: The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics

User Review  - Eric Bingham - Goodreads

Biographies are always a toss up because it seems to me that whether the book is enjoyable depends more on the author than it does on the subject matter. This book was a very pleasant surprise for me ... Read full review

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Contents

Spring 1900
1
Act One
11
In the Glasshouse
13
Southern Exposure
29
Between Science and God
40
Breakdown in Vienna
47
Back to the Garden
60
Crossings
69
The Silence
151
My Time Will Come
160
Act Two
175
Synchronicity
177
Mendel Redux
179
The Monk s Bulldog
199
A Death in Oxford
221
Inventing Mendelism
227

First Harvest
82
Eves Homunculus
94
The Flowering of Darwinism
100
Garden Reflections
119
Full Moon in February
133
INTERLUDE
149
A Statue in Mendelplatz
247
Another Spring
257
Acknowledgments
263
Notes and Selected Readings
266
Index
281
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Robin Marantz Henig is the author of seven books. Her most recent, The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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