Sex, Botany and Empire (Icon Science): The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks [Paperback] [Jul 06, 2017] PATRICIA FARA

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This entertaining book tells the double tale of Joseph Banks, who in the 18th century forged powerful links between science and the British state, and the father of taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus.

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In Sweden and Britain, imperial powers both, Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks ruled over their own small scientific empires, promoting botanical exploration to justify the exploitation of territories, peoples, and natural resources. This book explores the entwined destinies of these two men and how their influence served both science and empire.

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Patricia Fara is a Fellow of Clare College at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches history of science. She is also the author of Newton: The Making of Genius (Macmillan) and An Entertainment for Angels (Icon, 2001).

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