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The Naming of Names: The Search for Order in the World of Plants [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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. From Athens in the third century BC, through Constantinople, Venice, the medical school at Salerno to the universities of Pisa and Padua, the journey involves a world full of intrigue and intensely competitive egos, from Europe to the culture of Islam, the first expeditions to the Indies and the first settlers in the New World. Gradually, over a long period, plants assumed identities and artists painted 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?--From publisher description.

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Library Journal
With this book, British author Pavord (The Tulip) quashes any notion that the history of plant taxonomy is a dull pursuit. Her story covers 2000 years of the search for order in the plant world, beginning in third-century B.C.E. Greece with Aristotle's great pupil Theophrastus and ending in late 17th-century England with the man who coined the word botany, John Ray. Her crisp prose is complemented by lavish, full-color illustrations (though strangely lacking is a portrait of one of the author's heroes, the aforementioned Theophrastus). The Renaissance developments are especially fascinating: the spectacular refinement of plant illustration in herbals, the establishment of botanical gardens, and the flood of new plant discoveries that came with the advent of world navigation. Pavord demonstrates convincingly how, from about the 15th century on, plants came to be an object of interest for their intrinsic value, not just for their medicinal, nutritive, or ritual purposes. There is much here for readers of all sorts, making this book a solid choice for large public collections. It is also highly recommended for special and academic collections, though professional botanists may wince at the short shrift given French botanist Joseph Pitton de Tournefort and Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus.-Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596919655
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/7/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 49 MB
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Meet the Author

Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for THE INDEPENDENT and the author of widely praised gardening books including PLANT PARTNERS and THE BORDER BOOK. She wrote for the OBSERVER for twenty years, has contributed to COUNTRY LIFE, ELLE DECORATION and COUNTRY LIVING, and is an associate editor of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED. For the last thirty years she has lived in Dorset, England where she is currently making a new garden. Constantly experimenting with new combinations of flowers and foliage, she finds it a tremendous source of inspiration.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I In the Beginning 21
II All Men By Nature Desire to Know 44
III The Alexandrian Library 55
IV Pliny the Plagiarist 62
V The Medicine Men 71
VI Juliana's Book 82
VII The Arab Influence 93
VIII Out of the Black Hole 109
IX The Image Makers 125
X Theophrastus Reborn 143
XI Brunfels's Book 161
XII The Irascible Fuchs 175
XIII In Italy 205
XIV The First Botanic Garden 221
XV The Long-Nosed Nit-Picker 243
XVI Weaving the Web 252
XVII Protestants Prevail 272
XVIII Gesner's Masterpiece 285
XIX New Pastures 294
XX Plantin's Team 313
XXI The Last of the Herbals 331
XXII English Achievements 347
XXIII The American Connection 359
XXIV The Beginning of the End 372
Epilogue 395
Chronology 405
Cast List 417
Notes 425
Bibliography 439
Acknowledgements 449
List of Illustrations 451
Index 457
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    A very good read

    I am familiar with this book in its low tech beautifully illustrated version and see no reason you would not enjoy this investigation.

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