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The Art of Naming

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From Tyrannosaurus rex to Heteropoda davidbowie scientific naming as a joyful and creative act.Tyrannosaurus rex. Homo sapiens. Heteropoda davidbowie. Behind each act of scientific naming is a story. In this entertaining and illuminating book, Michael Ohl considers scientific naming as a joyful and creative act. There are about 1.8 million discovered and named plant and an ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published March 30th 2018 by Mit Press
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Rossdavidh
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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If you remember nothing else from this review, remember this: you can, for the price of a few thousand dollars (or euros or equivalent), get a species named after you. Probably an insect, but perhaps even a frog or an orchid.

How could this be, you ask? Well, mostly because you have no idea how many unnamed species there still are out there. Not only you have no idea, but actually to a certain degree even the scientific community doesn't. Oh, sure, they have SOME idea, but it's still subject to a
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Gwen Vandendriessche
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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The names given to animals, plants and other organisms in my fieldguides is something I took for granted without giving it much thought. It was very interesting to think about the process needed before society actually adopted this naming. This books pictures some special or important authors of names which have been adopted or not...
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I just could not get over the overuse of the word "linguistically" and the like: linguistic naming, the linguistic quality of the names, species names as basic linguistic labels, act of linguistically labeling, a linguistically minded ornithologist, linguistically challenging, which actually means something different than a linguist would think, …
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