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The Kingdom of Plants

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Science  07 Nov 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5903, pp. 860
DOI: 10.1126/science.1165855

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Imperial Nature. Joseph Hooker and the Practices of Victorian Science. By Jim Endersby. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2008. 441 pp. $35, £18. ISBN 9780226207919.

Placing the life and work of the botanist Joseph Hooker in the context of his time, Endersby considers such aspects as the transition from amateurs to professionals, empire, and the philosophical practices of 19th-century science.