Skip to product information
1 of 1

Book - Letters to Linnaeus

Book - Letters to Linnaeus

Regular price £15.00
Regular price Sale price £15.00

What would we write today to a man who changed the face of natural science?

In 1758, Carl Linnaeus published the tenth edition of Systema Naturae, in which he named all of life as he knew it. For over 250 years his binomial system, beautiful and powerful in its simplicity and adaptability, has enabled universal communication about nature. The letters collected in this book reveal Linnaeus’ personal impact, advances and developments in science since his death, the profound impact he has had on generations of naturalists and what we might expect in the next 250 years. The result is a fitting tribute to Linnaeus and his legacy. Letters to Linnaeus is written with individualistic humour, passion, and conviction making it a uniquely enjoyable read as well as an introduction to some of the theoretical and practical debates that surround systematic biology today.

Incorporating more than 60 letters, interwoven with several from Linnaeus’ own correspondence, Letters to Linnaeus includes insights from such varied authors as:

  • O. Wilson (Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist)
  • Richard Fortey (Author of Dry Store Room No. 1)
  • Peter Crane (Former Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
  • Norman I. Platnick (Bonnet award-winning arachnologist of the AMNH)
  • Hugh Downs (American broadcaster and former anchor of 20/20)

At 336pp and with colour illustrations throughout, each letter can be enjoyed on its own merits or as part of a broader picture. Celebrating natural science from Linnaeus’ time to the present, Letters to Linnaeus is one of those rare books that both entertains and informs.

ISBN: 978-0-9506207-9-4

Editors: Sandra Knapp and Quentin Wheeler

Images: Colour illustrations

Size: 234 x 156mm. 0.63kg.

Format: Paperback, 336 pages

Provenance: Printed on high quality FSC accredited paper.

Publisher: The Linnean Society


We ship internationally, and all orders are picked and packed within 5 working days.

Delivery is by Royal Mail whose delivery aims are advertised on their website. As a rough guide these are:

  • Within UK 2-3 working days
  • Europe 3-5 working days
  • Rest of the world 5-7 working days

The delivery address needs to be entered before Postage & Packing costs can be calculated. This will be based on the TOTAL weight and size of your package. As a rough guide these are:

UK: FROM £4.75



Please see our full Shipping Policy for more details, and information on import taxes, fees and charges for international orders.

If you are in London, you can collect your order from us Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Closest tube stations are Green Park or Piccadilly Circus.

Returns & Exchanges

You have 30 days from receiving your order to request a refund or exchange. Please see our full Returns & Exchanges policy for more details.

View full details