Nom et lumière enlightenment through nomenclature (The 1996 Kenneth F. Russell Memorial Lecture)

Pearn, John H. (1997) Nom et lumière enlightenment through nomenclature (The 1996 Kenneth F. Russell Memorial Lecture). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 67 8: 508-511. doi:10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02028.x


Author Pearn, John H.
Title Nom et lumière enlightenment through nomenclature (The 1996 Kenneth F. Russell Memorial Lecture)
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-1433
1445-2197
0004-8682
Publication date 1997-08
Year available 1997
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02028.x
Volume 67
Issue 8
Start page 508
End page 511
Total pages 4
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject 2103 Historical Studies
Abstract The classification of living things is both an acknowledgement of biological relationships and an identification of their differences. When Linnaeus, in 1735, published Systema Naturae, he set in place a system of biological classification that saw its apogee in the invention of binomial nomenclature: the description of every living thing being embodied simply in two names, (i.e. a genus and the species within it). Linnaeus built on the work of scientific forebears, of whom Nehemiah Grew (1641–1712) was one of the most influential. Grew was a surgeon-physician whose passionate interest was plant anatomy; his work led to the discovery and documentation of sexual dimorphism in plants. Grew's life and works are a witness to that philosophy which views nature as a continuum, a broad holistic entity in which discoveries in one biological field have ramifications in other areas. Grew allowed his scientific curiosity full rein, manifested the courage to publish his work and possessed the self-discipline to stand by the audit of his peers. Modern biological research and contemporary clinical practice owes much to the enlightenment engendered by the classification and nomenclature that developed from his work.
Keyword Nehemiah Grew
Linnaeus
Nomenclature
Kenneth Russell
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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