Here is a smoothly written biography of a man who prepared the way for the organization of botany into a science. As a young boy living in Sweden, Carl Linnacus developed a life-long fascination with growing plant life. When he entered the university at Upsala, his wide knowledge soon brought him personal recognition and his efforts and energy were employed to elevate a much neglected science to a respected status. The reader follows him eagerly on subsequent expeditions across the rugged terrain Lapland, a region he explored alone, to the islands off the coast of Sweden and to Holland where he summarized many of his discoveries in erudite papers. The writing reflects the authors' enthusiasm for their subject and the book should be accepted not only by those with similar interests, but by anyone who enjoys biography.