Happy 300th Birthday Charles


Today is the 300th birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the great-grand-daddy of taxonomists everywhere. Dave Snowden has celebrated by publishing a gracious and hugely complimentary review of my book on his blog.

Elsewhere, the rest of the world has quite rightly focused on “Taxonomicus Chas.” as I affectionately call him. The blogosphere is humming even as I write this. But there are undercurrents to the celebrations that express the tensions buried deep in his pioneering work all those years ago.

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