As promised, I will gather here (and update a couple of times during the day) some of the most interesting posts from around the blogosphere about the celebrations of the 300th birthday of Carl von Linne aka Carolus Linnaeus, the guy you cussed at when, back in high school, you had to memorize the order of taxonomic categories: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species (and you all know the mnemonic, don’t you?).
So, what’s with the name? Is it Linnaeus or von Linne? Merriam-Webster explains:
But today we come not to praise Linnaeus but to parse his various names. When Linnaeus was born, surnames were not common in Sweden. His father had been known as Nils Ingemarsson (Nils, son of Ingmar) until he attended the University at Lund with the goal of becoming a clergyman. Needing a proper surname, Nils gave himself the Latinized name Linnaeus, after the Linden tree on the family property (which was a warden tree, a very old tree believed to protect the land and people from bad luck).
So when Carl was born, he was given the surname Linnaeus. When he, in turn, enrolled at his father’s alma mater, he registered in full Latin form: Carolus Linnaeus. Then, in 1761, after he had earned some measure of renown for his work Latinizing and simplifying scientific nomenclature, Linnaeus was raised to the rank of nobility and took yet another name: Carl von Linne.
The main webpage for the tricentennial celebration is here. But let’s now move to blogs….
A brief biography by Michael Ryan of Paleoblog.
Bleimanimal of Zooillogix, of course, has to do something different – here is Amphibsaenia
Annotated Budak at the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium
Listen to the podcast of the NPR story.
Do you know the English names of these species?
From a fellow Swede.
Tyra is a fellow gardener.
An article in Wired on Linne, taxonomy and nomenclature.
A Swedish family compares and contrasts Linne and Ken Ham (guess who wins?).
He’s more influential than ABBA, more famous than Bjorn Borg and Sweden is celebrating today the 300th birthday of its most illustrious son….
See the wooden statue of Linnaeus in Stockholm (I remember seeing it when I visited in 1990).
Matthew Cob wrote the article for LATimes and kindly reprinted it on his blog.
Bromus tectorum is the Botany Photo of the Day.
An American in Sweden explains it succintly.
A biology teacher uses the opportunity to criticize that awful article in The Economist.
Here is one in Russian, with a nice illustration of Linnaea borealis.
Flatbush Gardener reproduces a portrait of Linne.
A nice biography by Daddicade.
Gardeners love Linne, including Molly Day
A tribute by Leigh Andrew.
Green Chameleon compiled a small linkfest as well.
What is the connection between Linne, apples and Rambo?
A clip from “The Linnaeus Expedition”
Japanese Emperor visits Sweden to celebrate.
Apparently, Linnaeus himself gave an interview yesterday.
This one is bilingual: English and Spanish.
A write up on The Writer’s Almanac.
News From The Field on naming plants.
Voltage Gate on sex, God and human origins: Carl Linnaeus, in His Own Words
A photo of a Linnaeus sculpture from the Chicago Botanical Garden taken in 1988.
Skepchick and Linnaeus are obsessed with sex.
Interested in books on taxonomy and systematics?
On ravens and crows, Cheerios and cupcakes for the300th birthday.
For a Swede, he was pretty funny!
Use Linnaeus to learn some Swedish.
And don’t even get me started on the banana.
Linnaeus celebrates his own 300th birthday.
Of course, Carl Brest Van Kempen provides his own original art.
Classification is Art.
Nick Matcke over on Panda’s Thumb compares Carl to Willi Hennig. Yeah, whatever.
D. Weinberger links to his article(s) as well.
Yet Another Unitarian Universalist casually uses binomial nomenclature while going for a walk…
If you have written or seen elsewhere a good contribution, let me know so I can include it here.