The Naming Of Names

by PAVORD ANNA

Bloomsbury Uk | August 14, 2008 | Hardcover

The Naming Of Names is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
The Naming of Names is a thrilling adventure into botanical history by the author of the worldwide bestseller The Tulip.

Imagine a world without definition: a world where plants exist but their properties are unknown because there is no way to classify them. Are they good to eat or poisonous? Can they be used to cure an illness or even save a life?

The search for order in the natural world is traced here for the first time, sumptuously illustrated in full colour. The book takes readers from Athens in the third century BC, to Constantinople, Venice, the Salerno medical school and the Pisa and Padua universities during the Renaissance. Filled with insight into a world of intrigue and competitive egos, this compelling journey involves the culture of Islam, the first expeditions to the Indies, the early settlers in North America and more.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 in

Published: August 14, 2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0747579520

ISBN - 13: 9780747579526

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work of Scholarship Anne Pavord provides a sweeping coverage of the understanding of plants from the philosopher Theophrastus to the Englishman John Ray. Her main theme is the exceptionally slow development of a commonly understood taxonomy of plants. This taxonomy had to wait until the understanding of science developed. Along the way she covers the oppressive influence of adherence to archaic ways of understanding, including suppression of ideas by organized Christian religion. She describes the hilarious reaction of British religious figures to the idea that plants might engage in sexual relations. She writes very well, with a passion for the subject. Her references to the ancient literature are accentuated by the stories of those books, how they survived, and the circumstances surrounding her reading if them in august libraries. The reading can be a bit laborious if one does not have a good understanding of Latin and the European languages of French and Spanish. She often does not translate into English important titles and concepts found in those languages. She abundantly utilizes quotations from middle English, and its arcane and non-standardized spelling, which also makes for slow reading. I was very impressive by her scholarship. She provides an impressive review of a vast literature. She dabbles in art historic with the development of ideas of plants through their illustration in books. She can be scathing of authors how plagiarize others, or are sloppy in prose and style. This is a very good book. It is major piece of scholarship that can be useful to the amateur and professional botanist alike. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, putting aside other books I was already engaged with.
Date published: 2012-01-28

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The Naming Of Names

by PAVORD ANNA

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 in

Published: August 14, 2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0747579520

ISBN - 13: 9780747579526

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The Naming of Names is a thrilling adventure into botanical history by the author of the worldwide bestseller The Tulip.

Imagine a world without definition: a world where plants exist but their properties are unknown because there is no way to classify them. Are they good to eat or poisonous? Can they be used to cure an illness or even save a life?

The search for order in the natural world is traced here for the first time, sumptuously illustrated in full colour. The book takes readers from Athens in the third century BC, to Constantinople, Venice, the Salerno medical school and the Pisa and Padua universities during the Renaissance. Filled with insight into a world of intrigue and competitive egos, this compelling journey involves the culture of Islam, the first expeditions to the Indies, the early settlers in North America and more.

About the Author

Anna Pavord (Dorset, U.K.) is the gardening correspondent for the Independent and the author of eight books. She also writes for U.K. and U.S. magazines and has appeared on BBC Radio.

Editorial Reviews

"Winter is the time to curl up with a wonderful book. Well, Ann Pavord has done it the The Naming of Names: The Search for Order in the World of Plants. Replete with gorgeous illustrations, this is a book for plantoholics who long to know every detail. She proves that gardening is an intellectual pursuit." - Marjorie Harris, Globe & Mail Style Section's Wish List 2005, Dec. 3, 2005

"The ultimate in garden escapism ... the history of the tulip, and of people’s fascination with it, is riveting." (Canadian Gardening on The Tulip)

"History, commerce, cultivation, genetics and, for flavor, mania and a virus come together in a fascinating dance." (January Magazine on The Tulip)
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