We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist; laid foundations for the scheme of binomial nomenclature
1707 – 1778
Carl Linnaeus was a Swedish botanist, physician, zoologist, and is known as the father of modern taxonomy. He is also known for originating the idea of binomial nomenclature which eventually developed into ‘Linnaen taxonomy,’ a system of scientific classification used in biology. Linnaeus also contributed to biology research of the origin of humans, classifying men and women just as he would a plant or animal.
As today’s science make giant leaps of discovery, A Little History of Science boils down its long and complex history and links together its many different fields to tell the greatest story on earth. From the first civilisations who looked up at the st …