Karen Beil will be signing What Linnaeus Saw: A Scientist’s Quest to Name Every Living Thing.
The globetrotting naturalists of the eighteenth century were the geeks of their day: innovators and explorers who lived at the intersection of science and commerce. Foremost among them was Carl Linnaeus, a radical thinker who revolutionized biology.
What Linnaeus Saw is rich with biographical anecdotes―from his attempt to identify a mysterious animal given him by the king to successfully growing a rare and exotic banana plant in Amsterdam to debunking stories of dragons and phoenixes. Thoroughly researched and generously illustrated, it offers a vivid and insightful glimpse into the life of one of modern science’s founding thinkers.
“An outstanding biography of a brilliant and fascinating man...” — Kirkus reviews
Karen Magnuson Beil has worked as a news reporter and science writer. She lives in Guilderland and has written several children’s books.