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Author Heard, Stephen B., author.

Title Charles Darwin's barnacle and David Bowie's spider : how scientific names celebrate adventurers, heroes, and even a few scoundrels / Stephen B. Heard, with illustrations by Emily S. Damstra.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor  New Shelf  578.012 HEA    Available
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
Description ix, 241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-225) and index.
Summary 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.
Subject Natural history -- Classification -- Popular works.
Biology -- Classification -- Popular works.
Biology -- Nomenclature -- Popular works.
Added Author Damstra, Emily S., illustrator.
ISBN 9780300238280 : $28.00
0300238282 : $28.00

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