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Naming nature : the clash between instinct and science

Author: Carol Kaesuk Yoon
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This surprising, untold story about the poetic and deeply human (cognitive) capacity to name the natural world illuminates science's limitations and the urgency of staying connected to the natural world by using familiar, rather than scientific, names.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Kaesuk Yoon
ISBN: 9780393061970 0393061973
OCLC Number: 286488109
Description: viii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The strange case of the fish that wasn't --
The little oracle --
Miracle in a barnacle --
What rock bottom looks like --
A surprise in the Tower of Babel --
The Umwelt among babies and the brain-damaged --
Wog's legacy --
Taxonomy by the numbers --
Better taxonomy through chemistry --
The death of the fish --
This strange station --
Beyond science.
Other Titles: Clash between instinct and science
Responsibility: Carol Kaesuk Yoon.

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Finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology: the surprising, untold story about the poetic and deeply human (cognitive) capacity to name the natural world.  Read more...

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Evolutionary biologist Carol Kaesuk Yoon makes the case for looking, touching, listening, making our own imperfect sense of the marvels that surround us. Like Darwin, Yoon can find the beauty in a Read more...

 
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