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

  • Title: The Monk in the Garden : The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics
  • Author: Robin Marantz Henig
  • ISBN: 9780395977651
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Most people know that Gregor Mendel, the Moravian monk who patiently grew his peas in a monastery garden, shaped our understanding of inheritance But people might not know that Mendel s work was ignored in his own lifetime, even though it contained answers to the most pressing questions raised by Charles Darwin s revolutionary book, ON ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, published onlMost people know that Gregor Mendel, the Moravian monk who patiently grew his peas in a monastery garden, shaped our understanding of inheritance But people might not know that Mendel s work was ignored in his own lifetime, even though it contained answers to the most pressing questions raised by Charles Darwin s revolutionary book, ON ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, published only a few years earlier Mendel s single chance of recognition failed utterly, and he died a lonely and disappointed man Thirty five years later, his work was rescued from obscurity in a single season, the spring of 1900, when three scientists from three different countries nearly simultaneously dusted off Mendel s groundbreaking paper and finally recognized its profound significance The perplexing silence that greeted Mendel s discovery and his ultimate canonization as the father of genetics make up a tale of intrigue, jealousy, and a healthy dose of bad timing Telling the story as it has never been told before, Robin Henig crafts a suspenseful, elegant, and richly detailed narrative that fully evokes Mendel s life and work and the fate of his ideas as they made their perilous way toward the light of day THE MONK IN THE GARDEN is a literary tour de force about a little known chapter in the history of science, and it brings us back to the birth of genetics a field that continues to challenge the way we think about life itself.
    The Monk in the Garden The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel the Father of Genetics Most people know that Gregor Mendel the Moravian monk who patiently grew his peas in a monastery garden shaped our understanding of inheritance But people might not know that Mendel s work was ignor

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    1. The book is divided into two sections The first is the biography of Gregor Mendel 1822 1884 Mendel spent thirty five years conducting experiments primarily on peas Mendel was a monk who in the last part of his life was the Abbott of the monastery where he spent his life He is considered the father of the science of genetics Henig reveals the strengths and weakness of Mendel in an interesting fashion.The second part of the book focuses on the rediscovery of Mendel The primary figure is William Ba [...]

    2. I didn t enjoy this as much as I thought I would I have always been fascinated by Mendel and how his work started, but I never really considered his personal life, in fact it was completely insignificant to me all that really mattered were the results he offered the world To me he was always this monk who had high intellectual capacities and led the world to the discovery of genes even if he didn t know what genes are This book didn t do it for me because I already had expectations of what it sh [...]

    3. Henig s factual errors in background material makes me doubt the historic accuracy of the book She covers Mendel s life but dwells on his failures as much as his achievements In the later period after his death and in the scientific debate she focuses on the historic revisionism far than the science of the period unless it was to show the disagreeable nature of ill funded animal work in crowded settings.Henig develops the idea that Mendel was so test phobic he failed to get his teaching certifi [...]

    4. Honestly, probably 2.5 stars Gregor Mendel, a monk in the mid 1800 s, was the father of modern genetics, meaning, he figured out that there were dominant and recessive genes and the patterns of inheritance, by studying garden peas for years Unfortunately, after he died his successor as Abbot at the monastary burned all of his notebooks and papers The very few letters he sent that were kept, and his one scientific paper explaining his experiments, are almost all that survives He died without the [...]

    5. This book was quite confusing It is nonfiction but reads like speculative fiction at times The author seems to have done quite a bit of research into Mendel but appears to stray into creative embellishment at times I was also very confused by the author s choice to chronologically lay out the unfolding of Mendel s experiments with peas She puts dates and times of the year to various experiments and fleshes out the process and timeline for how he developed his hypotheses I assumed she was using d [...]

    6. Friendly and with a pinch of fun, the author puts the monk back into the context of his time so as to better understand all the myths that have since then been built around his work and person.Of course, the tumultuous story of the birth of genetics is what drives the book forwards was Mendel really an isolated researcher why did we have to wait decades after his death to finally catch up with his discoveries But, what particularly caught my attention here is the fascinating human touch Henig ma [...]

    7. I read this book after reading a review by someone who found it a disappointment as I understood that reader, she was expecting a detailed biography of Gregor Johan Mendel To the best of my understanding, Henig made no such claim After all, data on his personal and intellectual life are thin This book is rather a speculative reflection upon Mendel s life and the development of his own meticulous conclusions by his scientific successors Mendel s genius was, as is often the case, careful horticult [...]

    8. Textbooks don t really go into the details of Gregor Mendel and I wanted to know of the man who opened our eyes to inheritance and the patterns therein Good read with many side notes on those who interacted with Mendel.

    9. The best and most memorable book on science I have ever read I almost never read biography but Gregor Mendel was a hoot and a remarkable individual I cannot recommend this highly enough

    10. A wonderful read for anyone who is interested in how the field of genetics came to be Very well written which makes it an easy read even for those who know nothing about genetics.

    11. This book was hard to get through, short as it is Because of a lack of source material, we really don t know much about Mendel other than that he was a monk who experimented with pea plants and made some important hereditary discoveries Henig makes up for this lack by using her active imagination to fill in the gaps sometimes it works and sometimes it falls spectacularly flat and filling the book with a whole lot of related information The last 80 pages or so are devoted to Bateson and some othe [...]

    12. I have been interested in the work of Gregor Mendel since I first learned about him in a high school biology class and was thrilled to stumble across this biography Mendel had an interesting life He failed the examinations several times to become a high school teacher and he was finally led into the religious life where the humble, plump, and very michievous monk found himself interested in science and the traits that parents pass down to their children He began his work with mice, but the bisho [...]

    13. The father of genetics is discussed in almost every general biology class and genetics class, but rarely do I think about how truly brilliant his way of thinking was for the 19th century This book covers Mendel s life in great detail, but also provides information on scientists working at the same time as Mendel, and scientists who rediscovered Mendel s work I find the scientists of this particular time period to be especially brave in their thirst for knowledge and understanding of life, as the [...]

    14. Biographies are always a toss up because it seems to me that whether the book is enjoyable depends on the author than it does on the subject matter This book was a very pleasant surprise for me I got it at a secondhand store, and I didn t have high hopes for it, but it turned out to be one of those rare nonfiction page turners I learned a lot about the life of Gregor Mendel, and there were also various other scientists that are discussed as side stories Mendel really was an interesting characte [...]

    15. I feel a bit inadequate reviewing this book I really can t tell if it s accurate or not, or where any mistakes are So I ll just say it was mostly interesting and well written There was a good bit of fictionalizing in the book as the author speculated on what might have happened at various times But I was expecting that, as the recommendation I d received for it warned that the book is not perfect What was good about it it made genetics a little interesting and understandable to my homeschool st [...]

    16. This book was all over the place The author didn t seem to know to what audience she was directing the book The result was part historical fiction, part academic analysis, part memoire made odd decisions like taking time to parenthetically explain the difference between homo and hetero, but then left entire German phrases untranslated I REALLY wanted to like this book, but I found myself forcing my way through to the end.

    17. Easy, fun read If you are a nerdy biologist like myself, and enjoy the story of Mendel and his peas, this is a good book I also enjoyed learning about the other scientists who helped give Mendel his deserved credit around the turn of the 20th century.

    18. I finally finished this book Now I can read other books I bet if I were into genetics, it would have gone better Now I m just ever so slightly resentful that I know so much about Mendel, and not as much about, say, Schubert.

    19. im not gonna finish this beacause im failing the clas i was reading it for anyway but this is a bad book this is what happens when you don t have enough information on a subject it feels like some kid whos trying to reach a word count for a school essay but its an entire book theres like very little information about mendel s life in this and the author takes unrelated digressions for pages and pages and it s kind of painful to read I feel like this could have made a really good like, article, o [...]

    20. This was a Daisie suggestion, if you didn t guess that I now know many things about genetics, plants, and Gregor Mendel.

    21. The genuinely fascinating tale of the Augustinian monk whorough having a whole bunch of time on his hands and a monastic disposition.ged to come up with the principles that undergird all modern genetics.It s an intriguing story, and Henig s evocative prose really moves the tale along It feels a little thin at points, as Henig mines a relatively small pool of original sources, which are then embellished with lovely speculation Henig spends a great deal of time with the folks around Mendel, and co [...]

    22. 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 Basically, he discovered that inheritance of certain traits follow a specific pattern While Mendel s work lives on, time has washed away much factual information regarding his life Robin Marantz Henig took the information available and expanded upon it by examining the places he resided studied worked, explo [...]

    23. Henig relates an updated history of Mendel s work with peas and his rediscovery with a storyteller s insight The book is well organized into three sections which build the events from Mendel s life to his obscurity and rediscovery and finally to recognition of his and his work s importance and the founding of Genetics as a field of study She engages the peculiarities of the different players making the history come alive while also presenting the ambiguities that remain in the history and motiva [...]

    24. Very technical in places aimed at a scientific audience than a historical audience The author wanders away from the story of Mendel in numerous places, largely due to the lack of evidence of what he was doing at that time Much of this book is focused on the early work in genetics performed by other scientists and not Mendel I was expecting a historical work about Mendel himself, instead I got a scientific work about various geneticists, of which Mendel was the best known although, at the time, [...]

    25. I was looking for a basic biography of Mendel This book was surprisingly satisfying in many ways.It delivers a rich biography But also a great history of Mendel s experiments, results, and his efforts to have them be noticed On top of that, it presents a great history of how Mendel was received after his death how he became to be know as the Father of Genetics.A highly recommended reading for anyone that likes Genetics generally or the history of science.

    26. Through original source documents and secondary research, the author conveys the life and legacy of Gregor Mendel in vivid, readable prose for the lay person The book is a wonderful mixture of the personal, the scientific, and the historical.

    27. Excellent little book about Mendel s experiments with peas that that was the basis of his theory of genetics, forgotten and then rediscovered Part science, part biography, the book reads like a story Informative and enjoyable.

    28. History biography that reads like juicy gossipy fiction If the subject of genetics even faintly interests you, this is a great place to begin.

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