A dozen essays from a December 1995 symposium at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences explore what about natural science belongs to a particular culture and what can be expressed in ways comprehensible to scientists in others. The topics include Galileo in Sweden, Ulisse Aldrovandi as a source of Olof Rudbeck's "Book of Birds", Swedenbourg and Italian Science, Linnaeus and Italian culture, and Swedish and Italian geology in the 18th century. Illustrated in color and black and white. No subject index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.