Order from Chaos: Linnaeus Disposes

Continuing impact of Linnaeus' ideas

Although Linnaeus’ classification fell into disuse, today’s scientific literature is inconceivable without his starting point for a consistent binomial nomenclature for plants and animals. Similarly, his system of uniform description is echoed in today’s descriptive practices. His influence lives on in the continuing literature of taxonomy or systematics, which is written in all modern languages and has been accumulating for over two centuries. Use of two-word names and descriptive protocols is universal in this sampling of books and periodicals from the Hunt Institute’s library.