[Taxacom] More on Linnaeus
dlahr at ib.usp.br
Thu Sep 5 17:56:06 CDT 2013
Thank you Curtis for the reference and explanation. I had no idea about
this not so subtly subtlety!
On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM, Curtis Clark <lists at curtisclark.org> wrote:
> On 2013-09-05 1:07 AM, Paul van Rijckevorsel wrote:
> > The epithet was not so much an afterthought as it was an independent
> > device to find species quickly. It was a mnemonic / typographical
> > device, and as such not unusual, but rather quite traditional. It is the
> > use to which these epithets were put that was new, being combined
> > with the generic name to become a two-part species name.
> On 2013-09-05 7:19 AM, Richard Jensen wrote:
> > My understanding is that the specific epithet was intended, as Paul
> > suggests, as a mnemonic shorthand device to eliminate the need to
> > for the much longer polynomials. See "Svenson, H.K., 1945. On the
> > descriptive method of Linnaeus. Rhodora
> > 47, 273–302".
> By "afterthougjt" I meant that it was not his central goal. In modern
> times, for most book authors the index is literally an afterthought,
> despite there being a long tradition of books having indices, and
> despite the fact that scholarly books without indices are routinely
> panned by book reviewers. For many salient reasons, no one writes the
> index first.
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