Plants that eat animals offend our trophic sensibilities. Those of us who can move independently are supposed to eat those of us who can make sugar from sunlight—that's just the way the food chain works, right?
The idea of incorporating artistic observation into scientific inquiry is not a new one for Dr. Lyn Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Biology and Botanist at Thompson Rivers University. She has kept illustrated field journals for 15 years.
Chemists have made a major contribution to the emerging field of quantum biology, observing quantum mechanics at work in photosynthesis in marine algae.
George Clifford was a rich financier with a great interest in horticulture and exotic animals. At his country house Hartecamp he had founded a botanical and zoological centre that Linnaeus was to be responsible for.
For his new orangery with its annexes, the solarium (sun house) and the vaporarium (steam house), Linnaeus required a functional thermometer in order to control the environment in the best possible way for his valuable plant material.
Just before his journey to Öland and Gotland in 1741, Linnaeus had been appointed to the chair of medicine at Uppsala University. One of the first things he did was to restore the neglected Botanical Garden.