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Linnaeus in Italy: The Spread of a Revolution in Botany

Linnaeus in ItalyJune 9–10, 2006
Botanic Garden, University of Pisa

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2007 is the year of the tercentenary celebrations of the birth of Carl von Linné. Linnaeus revolutionary contributions to the botanical nomenclature and its classification brought about important changes in the traditional theory and practice of botany.  The intention of the conference Linnaeus in Italy: The Spread of a Revolution in Botany is to reconstruct the historical context of the intense cultural and scientific exchange between Italy and Sweden by presenting many hitherto little known aspects that will help to bring light onto the richness of the contemporary botanical institutions in Italy and to discover their role and their impact on the diffusion of Linnaeus sexual system. Moreover, the conference aims at the showing the rich social dynamics of scientific exchange between two peripheral countries.

The conference is organized by the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence and by the University of Pisa with the patronage of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, The Linnean Society of London, The Swedish Embassy in Rome; coordinators are Marco Beretta and Alessandro Tosi. Speakers include scholars from Italy and Sweden. The conference will take place at the Botanic Garden of Pisa, June 9-10, 2006. The papers will be published in 2007 in order to coincide with the actual celebrations.

On the occasion of the event the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, in collaboration with the Biblioteca Universitaria di Pisa, has published a small, but significant and rare, collection of Italian editions of Linnaeus. The works are conserved at the Biblioteca Universitaria di Pisa.

For more information contact: Marco Beretta and Alessandro Tosi.



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