Robin Marantz Henig

The Monk in the Garden

A human story about how science really works, and how a humble, brilliant monk uncovered the secrets of genetics that foretold the genetic revolution. Gregor Mendel was ahead of his time, and it led to personal tragedy, but also to a second act, when his work was rediscovered and his original ideas really bloomed. A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, the book was called "a provocative portrait" (Science News), "charming" and "engagingly contemplative" (Chicago Tribune), and a "classic tale of redemption" (The New York Times).

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