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.
PRAISE FOR PLANTING THE WORLD 'Goodman turns his attention to the adventurous history of the botanists, naturalists, gardeners, and ship captains who carried out his vicarious plant-hunting across the world, shining a light on individuals whose achievements are relatively uncelebrated. The book is particularly strong on the minutiae of planning, negotiating, and financing these ventures, and on the disasters that so often beset them ... For each expedition, Goodman builds up a picture based on meticulous research in original sources ... Goodman illustrates vividly how adept [Banks] was, all through his career, at piggybacking on different government, diplomatic, and mercantile ventures ... Planting the World tracks Banks's projects in detail and illustrates dramatically how difficult it was to move plants around the world' Jenny Uglow, New York Review of Books 'A brilliant and authoritative insight into the global reach of Joseph Banks, one of the great figures of the Enlightenment, through the lives of the intrepid botanists, gardeners, and nurserymen whose explorations and adventures made it all possible' Peter Crane 'The story of 18th century European botanists, their ships and voyages, united by the mind and extraordinary energy of Joseph Banks as he developed both the science and gardens of England. It is a marvellous history packed with naval explorations, plant collecting, and the role of individuals in making Britain a major centre for global botany' Janet Browne