What's New at MendelWeb
Edition 97.1 (February 22, 1997): All of the documents at
MendelWeb have been edited for this edition, but here are the
- Robert C. Olby's previously unpublished essay,
"Mendel, Mendelism, and Genetics"
has been added to the Essays and Commentary section. Olby is
the author of several important works on Mendel (e.g.
and I am very grateful to him for making this essay available to
- "Heredity Before Mendel",
the second chapter of Gregor Mendel: The First
Geneticist (Orel 1996),
by the distinguished Mendel scholar
Vitéslav Orel, has been added to the Essays and Commentary
section. Orel's excellent biography was published last year by, and is
from, Oxford University Press, and it is an honor to have Orel's
essay at MendelWeb.
- "In the Footsteps of Mendel",
a wonderful account of a
journey to Brno, in search of Mendel landmarks and memories, has
been added to the Essays and Commentary section as well.
The author is Margaret Peaslee, of the University of Pittsburgh at
Titusville, and her essay includes photographs of
Mendel's home, his portrait, his chair and walking stick, the Mendelianum,
and even Mendel's biographer (Vitéslav Orel). I would like to thank
Dr. Peaslee for sharing her trip and photographs with MendelWeb
- A large number of links have been fixed,
and added to, the
in the MendelWeb Timeline.
A new decade
(1850-1859) has been added as well,
but only 1850 contains a full set of links. I plan to post a fully
linked version of that decade in early April; in the meantime,
if you have suggestions about events or links
please don't hesitate to send them along.
- The MendelWeb FAQ,
the Reference Page,
the Moo Information Page,
and the MendelWeb
Glossary have all been revised.
- Finally, and though it doesn't have much to do with Mendel,
I've revised my homepage at Netspace,
and added several recent
Edition 96.2 (August 6, 1996): Several documents have been
edited and expanded (e.g. the
MendelWeb Glossary and the
Reference Page), but here are the
- Jan Sapp's excellent essay,
"The Nine Lives of Gregor Mendel," has
been added to the Essays and Commentary section of MendelWeb. The essay
first appeared in Experimental Inquiries, edited by H. E. Le
Grand, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 1990. The book is out of
print, and remarkably difficult to find; I am grateful to Professor Sapp
and Kluwer for making it available at MendelWeb.
- The MendelWeb archive now
includes a version of the English translation
of Mendel's paper in PDF format, thanks to Robert J. Robbins' wonderful
Classic Papers in
- The Mendelroom at the
Web-MOO known as Diversity
University (login and
type '@go #12766') now
contains complete copies of both Mendel's original paper and the "Bateson"
translation. You may find this especially useful if you use the
Web Gateway at DU.
If you have no
idea what any of this is about, take a look at
the MendelWeb Moo Information Page.
- The Statistics Calculation Page now
allows you to calculate the
variance and standard devitation of a data set, in addition to the mean,
median and mode.
MendelWeb FAQ has been revised,
and now includes an answer to the various questions I've received
about citing MendelWeb.
Edition 96.1 (March 1, 1996): Here are the major additions:
Edition 95.3 (December 8, 1995): I've rewritten parts of many
of the documents; the following are the major additions/changes:
- The Essays and Commentary section now includes
"Mendel in America:
Theory and Practice, 1900-1919," by Diane B. Paul and Barbara A.
Kimmelman, which first appeared in The American Development of
Biology (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988; recently
reprinted by, and currently available from, Rutgers University Press).
This wonderful article from the field of science studies discusses the
of American agricultural concerns and practices in
the reception and interpretation of Mendel's paper, at the time of its
"rediscovery"; I'm very grateful to Professors Paul and
Kimmelman, as well as UPP, for making it available at MendelWeb.
- A chapter about Measurement, from the
textbook for "Theory and Practice of
Science" is now at MendelWeb, with excellent discussions of scales
and the concept of a mathematical model. As the Presidential primaries
in the U.S. are underway, you might also wish to read the section that
discusses voting paradoxes.
- I have added an interactive Statistics Calculation
Page. This form allows you to compute means, medians and modes on
your own sets of numerical data.
- With the re-publication of "Ex
Libris" in the Journal of
College Science Teaching, I have added some comments and
corrections, as hyperlinks, to the version of the published article
- The MendelWeb Reference Page has been
updated to include links to a number of genetics and botany sites, and
the search engine section has been expanded as well.
- I have added a new decade (1840-1849)
and updated all the pages in
the MendelWeb Timeline.I have also started
a page with links to other sites that are
accessed by documents in MendelWeb.
- A copy of "Ex Libris", the
essay that appeared in the September/October 1995 issue of The
Sciences is now available here. The original version is still here as
- The list of recent journal articles
concerning Mendel and his work has been expanded and put into
- To celebrate the opening of the Web Gateway at Diversity
University, I have rewritten the Moo
Information Page and added a hyperlink to MendelWeb in
the Mendelroom at DU. Note that the Mendelroom at BioMOO, which
has a Web Gateway as well, already
contains such a link.
- I've revised Blumberg's
Homepage, which now contains a number of
links to science, and history of science WWW sites, as well as Web
Edition 95.2 (October 1, 1995): Many of the documents have been
corrected and revised, but here are some of the major changes:
- A new Essays and Commentary section begins at MendelWeb with
the 1992 paper by Hartl and Orel, "What Did Mendel Think He Discovered?".
The essay, which first appeared in Genetics 131:
(1992), is an excellent introduction to many of the historical
controversies surrounding Mendel's work. My thanks
to Dr. Hartl and Genetics for permission to make this
essay available to MendelWeb readers.
- The MendelWeb Moo Information Page
has been revised. The first version didn't seem to produce many visits
to the Mendelroom, and I hope I've improved the directions and
explanations. There has also been a change in the evolving Web-Moo
system at the BioMOO, which will now allow you to "see" the inside of
the Mendelroom without logging into the Moo. See the page for details.
- The MendelWeb Reference Page now contains
a link to a list of articles, published between 1965 and 1995, that
concern historical, statistical, pedagogical and scientific aspects of
Mendel and his work. The link can be found in the "Search Results and
Search Engines" section.
- The MendelWeb Bibliography now contains
references not only to the papers by deVries, Correns and Tschermak,
but to the English translations of those works.
- The MendelWeb Collaborative
Hypertext Homepage now shows which sections of the paper have been
annotated by MendelWeb users (not many, as of this writing). If you
are teaching or
studying Mendel's paper, and/or have commentary or questions to contribute
to the collaborative texts, please don't hesitate to make a link.
MendelWeb was conceived and constructed by Roger B. Blumberg