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Deep Things out of DarknessA History of Natural History$
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John G. T. Anderson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273764

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273764.001.0001

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. Ray, Linnaeus, and the Ordering of the World

. Ray, Linnaeus, and the Ordering of the World

(p.52) SIX . Ray, Linnaeus, and the Ordering of the World
Deep Things out of Darkness

John G. T. Anderson

University of California Press

In which natural history leaves behind its medieval phase and becomes a modern science. John Ray develops a more systemic taxonomy using trinomial Latin descriptions of plants and animals, a system later modified and improved by Linnaeus. The lives and travels of both Ray and Linnaeus are discussed at some length, as is Ray’s role in the creation of natural theology.

Keywords:   John Ray, Linnaeus, Lapland, Francis Willughby, taxonomy, binomial nomenclature, natural theology, Dillenius, Linnean Society of London, Nabokov

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