By Lisbet Koerner
Drawing on letters, poems, notebooks, and mystery diaries, Lisbet Koerner tells the relocating tale of 1 of the main well-known naturalists who ever lived, the Swedish-born botanist and systematizer, Carl Linnaeus. the 1st scholarly biography of this nice Enlightenment scientist in nearly 100 years, Linnaeus additionally recounts for the 1st time Linnaeus' grand and weird financial initiatives: to "teach" tea, saffron, and rice to develop at the Arctic tundra and to cultivate buffaloes, guinea pigs, and elks as Swedish cattle.
Linnaeus was hoping to breed the financial system of empire and colony in the borders of his kin domestic by means of transforming into funds vegetation in Northern Europe. Koerner indicates us the usually spectacular methods he launched into this venture. Her narrative is going opposed to the grain of Linnaean scholarship previous and new by way of examining no longer how sleek Linnaeus was once, yet how he understood technology in his time. whilst, his makes an attempt to arrange a country economic climate in accordance with rules of technology prefigured an concept that has turn into one of many defining positive factors of modernity. Meticulously researched, and according to archival facts, Linnaeus may be of compelling curiosity to historians of the Enlightenment, historians of economics, and historians of technological know-how. yet this enticing, frequently humorous, and infrequently tragic portrait of an exceptional guy may be valued by means of common readers as well.