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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.
Author Heard, Stephen B., author.
Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020]
Description 1 online resource
Call # eBOOK
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.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 27, 2020).
Subject Natural history -- Classification -- Popular works.
Biology -- Classification -- Popular works.
Biology -- Nomenclature -- Popular works.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Taxonomy.
Biology. (OCoLC)fst00832383
Natural history -- Classification. (OCoLC)fst01034274
Genre Popular works. (OCoLC)fst01423846
Electronic books.
Addl. Author Damstra, Emily S., illustrator.
OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Heard, Stephen B. Charles Darwin's Barnacle and David Bowie's Spider : How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2020 9780300238280
ISBN 0300252692 (electronic book)
9780300252699 (electronic bk.)

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