Naming Nature

Naming Nature

The Clash Between Instinct and Science

Book - 2009
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Biologist Carol Kaesuk Yoon explores the historical tension between evolutionary biology and taxonomy. Carl Linnaeus struggled in the eighteenth century to define species in light of their mutability while still relying on intuitive, visual judgments. As taxonomy modernized, it moved into labs, yielding results counterintuitive to humanity's innate predisposition to order the world. By conceding scientific authority to taxonomists, Yoon argues, we've contributed to our own alienation from nature.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393338713
9780393061970
0393061973
Characteristics: viii, 344 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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