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Carl Linnaeus: Father of Classification (Great Minds of Science)

Margaret J. Anderson

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ISBN 10: 0766030091 / ISBN 13: 9780766030091
Published by Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2009
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Title: Carl Linnaeus: Father of Classification (...

Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Library Binding

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Revised.

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Profiles the life of the eighteenth-century Swedish naturalist whose scientific naming of plants and animals provided an international language of nature.

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Budding scientists will surely draw inspiration from this biography of Linnaeus, whom Anderson dubs ``the greatest botanist of all time.'' Linnaeus and his world--18th-century Sweden--may seem far removed from most middle-graders' experiences, but Anderson creates a dramatic narrative fully capable of keeping readers enthralled. The elements of Linnaeus's life are used to maximum effect: At nine he was told that he was a hopeless student; as a young man, he perfected his own system of binomial nomenclature used to classify plant life. Throughout the story, Anderson shows how the personal side of Linnaeus's life affected his profession: Although he was beset by financial problems for years, he succeeded as an explorer and scientist, eventually achieving fame and wealth as a college professor with a family of his own. The portrait is accurately rendered, and although Linnaeus is imperfect by 20th-century standards--refusing to educate his daughters and remaining distant from his wife--Anderson finds in his life an upbeat story of a man achieving his dreams. (b&w illustrations, not seen, chronology, notes, further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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