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Biography, drawing on poems, notebooks, and secret diaries.
`She skillfully mines archival and printed sources in many languages to recreate for modern readers the extraordinary, heroic, and poignant efforts of Linnaeus and his students to create useful biotechnologies. It was in the course of those labours that he invented the naming and filing system that still brings order to the world's flora and fauna. The Linnaeans gathered the folk names of plants - one student produced lists in 15 languages - because they thought these might reflect unknown uses for this or that specimen. They scoured the earth looking for exotic plants that might be useful to the Swedish economy.' Thomas W. Laqueur, Taxon.