• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
The books you love, the emails you want
Time is running out, opt in before 25 May or you'll stop hearing from us
Yes Please
Sex, Botany, and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks - Revolutions in Science (Hardback)
  • Sex, Botany, and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks - Revolutions in Science (Hardback)
zoom

Sex, Botany, and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks - Revolutions in Science (Hardback)

(author)
£22.00
Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 08/06/2018
  • Coming soon

Awaiting publication

  • This item has been added to your basket
Enlightenment botany was replete with sexual symbolism-to the extent that many botanical textbooks were widely considered pornographic. Carl Linnaeus's controversial new system for classifying plants based on their sexual characteristics, as well as his use of language resonating with erotic allusions, provoked intense public debate over the morality of botanical study. And the renowned Tahitian exploits of Joseph Banks-whose trousers were reportedly stolen while he was inside the tent of Queen Oberea of Tahiti-reinforced scandalous associations with the field. Yet Linnaeus and Banks became powerful political and scientific figures who were able to promote botanical exploration alongside the exploitation of territories, peoples, and natural resources. Sex, Botany, and Empire explores the entwined destinies of these two men and how their influence served both science and imperialism. Patricia Fara reveals how Enlightenment botany, under the veil of rationality, manifested a drive to conquer, subdue, and deflower-all in the name of British empire. Linnaeus trained his traveling disciples in a double mission-to bring back specimens for the benefit of the Swedish economy and to spread the gospel of Linnaean taxonomy. Based in London at the hub of an international exchange and correspondence network, Banks ensured that Linnaeus's ideas became established throughout the world. As the president of the Royal Society for more than forty years, Banks revolutionized British science, and his innovations placed science at the heart of trade and politics. He made it a policy to collect and control resources not only for the sake of knowledge but also for the advancement of the empire. Although Linnaeus is often celebrated as modern botany's true founder, Banks has had a greater long-term impact. It was Banks who ensured that science and imperialism flourished together, and it was he who first forged the interdependent relationship between scientific inquiry and the state that endures to this day.

Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231134262
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 191 x 95 x 15 mm

You may also be interested in...

In Defence of Dogs
Added to basket
Predictably Irrational
Added to basket
£9.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Sports Gene
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Right Stuff
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Quantum Universe
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Signal and the Noise
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Human Universe
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Our Mathematical Universe
Added to basket
A Briefer History of Time
Added to basket
The Grand Design
Added to basket
Sapiens
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Bad Science
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Added to basket
The Things that Nobody Knows
Added to basket
Cosmos
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.