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One of the best scientific biographies I have read,
This review is from: The Case of the Midwife Toad (Hardcover)
Koestler outdoes himself yet again! While biographies of scientists oftend tend towards the dull, this is a complete opposite. It is written with a sufficient understanding of the science behind it, as well as the conflicts occuring in the field of evolutionary biology at the time (Darwinism vs. Lamarckism). On top of that the character of Paul Kammerer comes to light extremely vivdly and good humour is present throughout the book.
So even though the topic of how various amphybians inherit their characteristics might not be to everyone's taste, the biography reads more like an extremely well researched crime novel and there is much current writers of biographies could learn from this spectacular example of excellence in the field!