Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus set out to order and name the entire living world and ended up founding a science: the field of scientific classification, or taxonomy. Yet, in spite of Linnaeus’s pioneering work and the genius of those who followed him, from Darwin to E. O. Wilson, taxonomy
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“The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology.” – E. O. Wilson
One reason I read few books is that they are usually written by human persons, and I have a dim view of the human person. On the other hand of course, books produced by editorial committee usually suffer from their own incoherence and disorganization, which perhaps suggests an equally dim prospect for human cooperation.
“Naming Nature” is written by a very evident individual and centers on a
Fascinating book about the history of scientific classification of nature that started with Linneaus. This is a book about the history of taxonomy. I never knew that his classifications were replace in the 80’s with a h ole new system. Author goes on a bit too long about the “ummwelt”, the built-in view of ordering that humans have in their brains. I skipped a chapter or two.
it was ok
Preliminary review: I’m giving this two stars instead of one solely because I now know more about the history of taxonomy than I did before and have discovered that it’s actually interesting (even if I did have to sort through Yoon’s language and ridiculous argument to get at that history). Longer review to come.