Gregor Mendel: And the Roots of Genetics

Hardcover | July 15, 1999

byEdward Edelson

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When Gregor Mendel passed away in 1884, not a single scholar recognized his epochal contributions to biology. The unassuming abbot of the Augustinian monastery in Brno (in today's Czech Republic) was rediscovered at the turn of the century when scientists were stunned to learn that theirfindings about inheritance had already been made by an unknown monk three decades earlier. A dedicated researcher who spent every spare hour in the study of the natural sciences, Mendel devised a series of brilliantly simple experiments using a plant easily grown on the monastery's grounds--thegarden pea. In the course of just a few years he made the famous discoveries that later became the centerpiece of the science of heredity. In an entertaining and thoroughly informed narrative, Edward Edelson traces Mendel's life from his humble origins to his posthumous fame, giving us both a briefintroduction to the fascinating science of genetics and an inspired account of what a modest man can accomplish with dedication and ingenuity. Oxford Portraits in Science is an ongoing series of scientific biographies for young adults. Written by top scholars and writers, each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as the thought process leading to his or her discoveries. These illustrated biographies combine accessibletechnical information with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural world.

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What did a 19th-century Austrian monk discover when he crossed the genes of pea plants in a monastery garden? He learned it was possible to create different varieties, and his discoveries led to today’s genetic experiments on crops that make them more resistant to pests, diseases and varying climates. With Edward Edelson’s Gregor Mende...

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When Gregor Mendel passed away in 1884, not a single scholar recognized his epochal contributions to biology. The unassuming abbot of the Augustinian monastery in Brno (in today's Czech Republic) was rediscovered at the turn of the century when scientists were stunned to learn that theirfindings about inheritance had already been made ...

Edward Edelson is at New York University.

other books by Edward Edelson

Format:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 6.69 × 9.29 × 0.59 inPublished:July 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195122267

ISBN - 13:9780195122268

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

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What did a 19th-century Austrian monk discover when he crossed the genes of pea plants in a monastery garden? He learned it was possible to create different varieties, and his discoveries led to today’s genetic experiments on crops that make them more resistant to pests, diseases and varying climates. With Edward Edelson’s Gregor Mendel and the Roots of Genetics, children can learn the story of this early scientist, find out about his laws of heredity and Mendel’s Law and discover a new hero all in one text!

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"An excellent choice for young adults... a remarkable book. In a nice straightforward style Edward Edelson is able to tell the reader about the science of Gregor Mendel.... It would be enjoyed by high school students.... Indeed it is a book that should be handed round a Biology department anddiscussed by the faculty. I rate it as excellent."--Appraisal