Friday, May 6, 2011

Key of the Sexual System of the Vegetable Kingdom

Historically we have sought to know the world by categorizing and classifying what we see around us. In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, natural philosophers such as John Ray (1627-1705); Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788); and Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778) worked to create universalized systems of classification that could be used to name all things found in nature. Their work was influential, and a slightly modified version of the original Linnaean Classification System is still used by scientists today.

Firstly, what a rad job, to classify the whole world from scratch. Secondly, Linnaeus went about it with some rather funny little analogies.. Such as the Marriages of Plants, below. I like to think he had a sense of humour and didn't just think this was the most logical metaphor.

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