The Naming of Names: The Search for Order in the World of Plants

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 7, 2008 - History - 480 pages
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The Naming of Names traces the search for order in the natural world, a search that for hundreds of years occupied some of the most brilliant minds in Europe, reaching its apex during the renaissance.
Anna Pavord takes us on a thrilling adventure into botanical history, travelling from Athens in the third century BC, through Constantinople, Venice, the medical school at Salerno to the universities of Pisa and Padua. The journey, traced here for the first time, involves the culture of Islam, the first expeditions to the Indies and the first settlers in the New World.
Gradually, over a long period in Europe, plants assumed identities and acquired names. Artists painted the first pictures of them. Plants acquired the two-part names that show how they are related to other plants. But who began all this work, and how was it done?
Sumptuously illustrated in full colour, The Naming of Names gives a compelling insight into a world full of intrigue and intensely competitive egos.
 

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

The extent of my awareness of the naming of plants a few weeks ago was 'Isn't that something to do with Linnaeus?'. Well, this book has put me right in a big way. Linnaeus features only in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - folini - LibraryThing

Great book! Amazing illustrations. The author is very good at telling a long history of over 2000 years on how the modern standard taxonomy was created for all plants and all living things. For some ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
IN THE BEGINNING
23
ALL MEN BY NATURE DESIRE TO KNOW
44
THE ALEXAND RIAN LIBRARY
55
JULIANAS BOOK
82
THE ARAB INFLUENCE
93
OUT OF THE BLACK HOLE OC
109
X THE IMAGE MAKERS
125
WEAVING THE WEB
252
PROTESTANTS PREVAIL
272
GESNERS MASTER PIECE
285
PLANTINS TEAM
313
THE LAST OF THE HERBALS 3 31
331
ENGLISH ACHIEVEMENTS
347
THE BEGINNING OF THE END
372
EPILOGUE 3C 5
395

BRUNFELSS BOOK
173
X IN ITALY
198
THE FIRST BOTANIC GARDEN
221
THE LONGNOSED NITPICKER
243
CAST LIST
417
BIBLIOGRAPHY 43C
443
INDEX
457
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About the author (2008)

Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent and the author of eight previous books, including the bestselling The Tulip. She contributes to a number of magazines, both in the US and the UK and regularly fronts programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4. She chairs the Gardens Panel of the National Trust and sits on the Parks and Gardens Panel of English Heritage.

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