Book ID: CBB428379651

Planting the World: Joseph Banks and his Collectors: An Adventurous History of Botany (2021)


Goodman, Jordan (Author)

William Collins

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 560
Language: English

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 eighteenth 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, as well as 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.

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Authors & Contributors
Groves, Eric W.
Fogg, G. E.
Fara, Patricia
Gribbin, Mary
Gribbin, John R.
Baytop, Asuman
Archives of Natural History
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Osmanli Bilimi Arastirmalari: Studies in Ottoman Science
Historical Records of Australian Science
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Yale University Press
Oxford University Press
Kew Publishing
American University
Thames & Hudson
Scientific expeditions
Collectors and collecting
Travel; exploration
Natural history
Biological specimens
Banks, Joseph
Cook, James
Linnaeus, Carolus
Menzies, Archibald
Thunberg, Carl Peter
North, Marianne
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
17th century
21st century
20th century
Great Britain
North America
Istanbul (Turkey)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Society of London
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Natural History Museum (London, England)

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