Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct And Science by Carol Kaesuk YoonNaming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct And Science by Carol Kaesuk Yoon

Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct And Science

byCarol Kaesuk Yoon

Paperback | July 27, 2010

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Biologist Carol Kaesuk Yoon explores the historical tension between evolutionary biology and taxonomy. Carl Linnaeus struggled in the eighteenth century to define species in light of their mutability while still relying on intuitive, visual judgments. As taxonomy modernized, it moved into labs, yielding results counterintuitive to humanity’s innate predisposition to order the world. By conceding scientific authority to taxonomists, Yoon argues, we’ve contributed to our own alienation from nature.
Carol Kaesuk Yoon received her Ph.D. PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University and has been writing about biology for The New York Times since 1992. Her articles have also appeared in Science, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Yoon has taught writing as a Visiting Scholar at Cornell Univers...
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Title:Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct And ScienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:July 27, 2010Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393338711

ISBN - 13:9780393338713

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