Standing on the Shoulders of Darwin and Mendel: Early Views of Inheritance

David J. Galton

© 2018 - CRC Press
Published October 30, 2017
Reference - 198 Pages - 7 Color & 8 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138062160 - CAT# K33341

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  • Documents the key players in the foundation of modern genetics
  • Describes Darwin's incorrect views on inheritance and the inhibitory role they played upon the eventually influential ideas of Mendel.
  • Explores the views of Bateson, Garrod and others as a deeper understanding of inheritance developed during the early 20th century.
  • Discusses the ways in which Mendel's ideas of inheritance have affected agriculture and medicine.


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.


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