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  • Authored by: Peter Haugen
  • From the Series: Twentieth-Century Science
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816055300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5530-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $49.50
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 06/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 570.9
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 368


Around 1900, a handful of European biologists conducted groundbreaking research that reshaped the way general heredity and biological evolution was viewed. Leading the way in this exciting field, Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, studied the patterns of inherited physical traits for more than 20 years before his work was finally recognized toward the end of the 19th century.

Biology: Decade by Decade chronicles the history of this field at the dawn of the 20th century, and features the work of professional biologists and such accomplishments as Mendel’s amateur work with the physical mechanism by which living things replicate themselves. Documenting the biological discoveries of this century, this exciting volume heralds the mighty breakthroughs of biology as they emerged at the beginning of the 20th century and throughout.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendixes: Nobel Prize winners. Bibliography. Glossary. Cross-references. Further reading. Chronologies. Sidebars. Web sites.

About the Author(s)

Peter Haugen has written about an array of topics. He is the author of World History for Dummies and a coauthor of Mental Floss Presents Condensed Knowledge and Mental Floss Presents Forbidden Knowledge. A veteran newspaper journalist, critic, and editor, Haugen has also contributed to Psychology Today and History Magazine, among many other publications. He has taught journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and California State University, Fresno.

Reviews and Awards

"The organization and nontechnical language make it easy to read cover-to-cover or to use in searching for specific facts."
American Reference Books Annual

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