Further Reading: Gregor Mendel

There are numerous books on the life and work of Gregor Mendel. Robert C. Olby’s The Origins of Mendelism (London: Constable, 1996) places Mendel’s work in the context of experiments in breeding, while Iris and Laurence Sandler’s “A Conceptual Ambiguity that contributed to the neglect of Mendel’s paper” in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences Vol. 7, 1985, n. 1, 3-70, argues that Mendel’s work needs should be viewed as part of a tradition of research on development.

Elof Axel Carlson’s Mendel’s Legacy: The Origin of Classical Genetics (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2004) provides a concise conceptual overview of the development of classical genetics.

Gregor Mendel’s original papers have also been collected and translated into English; see Gregor Mendel, Experiments in Plant Hybridisation (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1958).