Representations of the Natural System in the Nineteenth century

  title={Representations of the Natural System in the Nineteenth century},
  author={R. O'hara},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  • R. O'hara
  • Published 1991
  • Geography
  • Biology and Philosophy
Abstract‘The Natural System’ is the abstract notion of the order in living diversity. The richness and complexity of this notion is revealed by the diversity of representations of the Natural System drawn by ornithologists in the Nineteenth Century. These representations varied in overall form from stars, to circles, to maps, to evolutionary trees and cross-sections through trees. They differed in their depiction of affinity, analogy, continuity, directionality, symmetry, reticulation and… Expand
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