Linnaeus: The Man Who Organized Nature
This is the first extensive biography of Carl Linnaeus, based on original sources, to be published in a century. It draws on a wide range of new research to paint a colourful personal portrait of one of the world’s great scientists.
Linnaeus is the founder of biological taxonomy and a key figure in the history of botany. But he was also a physician and zoologist who placed man at the top of the taxonomical tree, giving us the name Homo sapiens, and added sub-varieties, which developed into “races” in a less admirable science. As a professor of medicine in Uppsala, he gathered hundreds of students with his botanical lectures on the sexual system of classification and how to prolong life. Privately, he also pondered evolution and religion, with some rather eccentric results. These latter thoughts are explored at length in this new biography which combines Linnaeus’ life and his life science.
Gunnar Broberg is Professor Emeritus of History of Ideas and Sciences at Lund University and has written extensively on Linnaeus. He is the editor of the Yearbook of the Swedish Linnaean Society, which has been published since 1918. His previous book The History of the Night was nominated for Best Swedish History Book of the Year in 2017.
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