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Charles Darwin's Barnacle & David Bowie's Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes & Even a Few Scoundrels


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  • Charles Darwin's Barnacle & David Bowie's Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes & Even a Few Scoundrels 
    Title: Charles Darwin's Barnacle & David Bowie's Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes & Even a Few Scoundrels
    Author: HEARD STEPHEN
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 15/05/2020
    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Price: $46.99
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED

    An engaging history of the surprising, poignant, and occasionally scandalous stories behind scientific names and their cultural significance

    Ever since Carl Linnaeus's binomial system of scientific names was adopted in the eighteenth century, scientists have been eponymously naming organisms in ways that both honor and vilify their namesakes. This charming, informative, and accessible history examines the fascinating stories behind taxonomic nomenclature, from Linnaeus himself naming a small and unpleasant weed after a rival botanist to the recent influx of scientific names based on pop-culture icons--including David Bowie's spider, Frank Zappa's jellyfish, and Beyoncé's fly.

    Exploring the naming process as an opportunity for scientists to express themselves in creative ways, Stephen B. Heard's fresh approach shows how scientific names function as a window into both the passions and foibles of the scientific community and as a more general indicator of the ways in which humans relate to, and impose order on, the natural world.

    ISBN: 9780300238280
    Pages: 256
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