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The Development of Biological Systematics: Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu, Nature, and the Natural System


By: Peter F Stevens (Author)

616 pages, b/w illustrations

Columbia University Press

Hardback | no dustjacket | Oct 1994 | #36822 | ISBN: 0231064403
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A reevaluation of the history of biological systematics that discusses the formative years of the so-called natural system of classification in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Shows how classifications came to be treated as conventions; systematic practice was not linked to clearly articulated theory; there was general confusion over the "shape" of nature; botany, elements of natural history, and systematics were conflated; and systematics took a position near the bottom of the hierarchy of sciences.

"Stevens has done the history of [biological systematics] much service by providing both a new commentary on this neglected scientist and the translations of Jussieu's early works."

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