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An exhilarating new book from the author of the worldwide bestseller The Tulip.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.Redefining man's relationship with nature was a major pursuit during the Renaissance. But in a world full of poisons, there was also an urAn exhilarating new book from the author of the worldwide bestseller The Tulip.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.Redefining man's relationship with nature was a major pursuit during the Renaissance. But in a world full of poisons, there was also an urgent practical need to name and recognize different plants, because most medicines were made from plant extracts.Anna Pavord takes us on a thrilling adventure into botanical history, traveling 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.In Athens, Aristotle's pupil Theophrastus was the first man ever to write a book about plants. How can we name, sort, and order them? He asked. The debate continues still, two thousand years later. Sumptuously illustrated in full colour, The Naming of Names gives a compelling insight into a world full of intrigue and intensely competitive egos....

Title : The Naming of Names
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ISBN : 9781596910713
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The Naming of Names Reviews

  • Pete Sharon
    2019-02-23 13:18

    This is not an easy read, and you need to be in the higher echelons of geekitude to want to spend that much time on the history of plant nomenclature since the Greeks. I thought it gave a fascinating window into the medieval mindset: for thousands of years, images of quite common plants were copied from previous sources; yet no one would think to walk outside and look at the actual plant and draw it from nature. That's just not how the scholastic worldview was organized.With history books with a narrow subject focus over a long time frame, there's often a lot of really interesting incidental detail. The accounts of student life in Montpellier during the religious wars of the 16th century were particularly good.Also, the color plates are gorgeous.

  • Eric
    2019-03-04 13:37

    Boring. i'm a botanist. but i don't care for history of publications, folios and wood cuts and who had what library. this is not a book about plants so much, nor much about nomenclature nor plant taxonomy nor even botanical exploration. nothing is mentioned about asian or other cultures' contributions to the science either. nor the plant trade. only a little of these things anyway. then again a book can't be about everything. this is a book for a librarian or book geek or folio geek, but not a whole lot for a plant geek.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-21 08:34

    just bought--oh boy oh boy

  • Dani
    2019-03-15 10:11

    A thoroughly beautiful book in both writing and for the illustrations it contains. The narrative is well done and compelling as it explains the beginnings of the journey to name, sort, and order plants beginning with Theophrastus (370 BCE- 290 BCE) and ending with John Ray, the English pastor whose classification system influenced that developed by Carl Linnaeus.

  • Tina Finneyfrock
    2019-02-25 07:26

    I really liked the book--and am really busy, so it took a lot longer than usual for me to get through. I love the historical depth, but to be honest, I REALLY loved the amazing color plates. Another review mentioned that one had to be a botany geek to enjoy this--which I think is probably true--but I am!!

  • Nezka
    2019-02-27 09:40

    The amount of material covered in this narrative history of plant taxonomy is grand to say the least, but the material is a bit disorganized and roundabout in reading. The biographies of the botanists are really interesting, but the color plates of old herbals and plant natural histories make the book.

  • Paul
    2019-03-18 12:33

    This is one of the most beautiful books you will ever own" It really is a invaluable reference for anyone who loves plants (gardening or the natural world). The authors knowledge is encyclopedic, yet the narrative moves along and is interesting. I go back to this book several times a week. A must have both in hardcover and ebook formats. Something for everyone.

  • Allison
    2019-03-13 06:20

    The story was intriguing. I loved the progression through history and the authors feeling of connection to each person who studied plants. It was, however, poorly edited. Despite this, I highly recommend it to anyone who loves plants.

  • Liana
    2019-03-21 13:10

    well written. I thought I would be bored of a book just going through the history of plant names and would skip around. Not true at all. The numerous color plates from ancient herbals make the book that much better.

  • Dinesh Rao
    2019-03-01 09:24

    The illustrations are a feast, the history is suitably meandering and very personal, but I felt the distinct lack of a global history of plant taxonomy. Even a few pages on how the rest of the world (esp China/India) approached plants would have been sufficient.

  • Pasha
    2019-03-04 06:32

    I think it is an awesome book. Kudos to the author.

  • Seamus
    2019-03-10 11:12

    aristotle had a friend Theophrastus, who took over the school, inherited aristiotles library, wrote on everything and was forgotten.

  • Joel LeBlanc
    2019-03-01 07:26

    Heavy and dense read, but nowhere else will you get such a wonderful history of botany as well as herbal medicine.