198 pages | 7 Color Illus. | 8 B/W Illus.
Standing on the Shoulders of Darwin and Mendel: Early Views of Inheritance explores early theories about the mechanisms of inheritance. Beginning with Charles Darwin's now rejected Gemmule hypothesis, the book documents the reception of Gregor Mendel's work on peas and follows the work of early 20th century scholars. The research of Francis Galton, a cousin of Darwin, and the friction it caused between these two are a part of longer story of the development of genetics and an understanding of how offspring inherit the characteristics of their parents. Bateson, Garrod, de Vries, Tschermak and others are all characters in a scientific story of discovery, acrimony, cooperation and revelation.
Tale of Two Books. Darwin’s Grand Theory. Trial by Experiment. A Bolt from the Blue - Darwin’s response. Cousins Diverge. Finding Allies, Losing Allies. Darwin’s and Mendel’s Death. The Grim Reaper Revisits. Mendel Again –Galton’s response. Are Mendel’s ideas true? Archibald Garrod. Three botanists. Darwin versus Mendel: the show down. The long reach of the gene