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Planting the World:

Planting the World:

Joseph Banks and His Collectors: an Adventurous History of Botany

by Jordan Goodman
CD-Audio
Publication Date: 29/12/2020
  $56.25

A bold new history of how botany and global plant collecting - centred at Kew Gardens and driven by Joseph Banks - transformed the earth.

Botany was the darling and the powerhouse of the 18th century. As European ships ventured across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, discovery bloomed. Bounties of new plants were brought back, and their arrival meant much more than improved flowerbeds - it offered a new scientific frontier that would transform Europe's industry, medicine, eating and drinking habits, and even fashion.

Joseph Banks was the dynamo for this momentous change. As botanist for James Cook's great voyage to the South Pacific on the Endeavour, Banks collected plants on a vast scale, armed with the vision as a child of the Enlightenment - that to travel physically was to advance intellectually. His thinking was as intrepid as Cook's seafaring: he commissioned radically influential and physically daring expeditions such as those of Francis Masson to the Cape Colony, George Staunton to China, George Caley to Australia, William Bligh to Tahiti and Jamaica, among many others.

Jordan Goodman's epic history follows these high seas adventurers and their influence in Europe, while also taking us back to the early years of Kew Gardens, which Banks developed devotedly across the course of his life, transforming it into one of the world's largest and most diverse botanical gardens.

In a rip-roaring global expedition, based on original sources in many languages, Goodman gives a momentous history of how the discoveries made by Banks and his collectors advanced scientific understanding around the world.

ISBN:
9780008459154
9780008459154
Category:
Uncategorized
Format:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
29-12-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
190.5x134.62mm
Jordan Goodman

Jordan Goodman is Honorary Research Associate, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. He is the author of The Rattlesnake: A Voyage of Discovery to the Coral Sea (Faber), The Devil and Mr Casement (Verso / FSG) and Paul Robeson: A Watched Man. He has published extensively on the history of medicine and science, and cultural and economic history.

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