THE ORIGIN OF THE MALE AND FEMALE SYMBOLS OF BIOLOGY

@article{Stearn1962THEOO,
  title={THE ORIGIN OF THE MALE AND FEMALE SYMBOLS OF BIOLOGY},
  author={William Thomas Stearn},
  journal={Taxon},
  year={1962},
  volume={11},
  pages={109-113}
}
The symbols 6 and ?, so widely used in modern biology to distinguish male and female organs or individuals, have a long complex history which touches upon mythology, astrology, alchemy, palaeography, pharmacy, chemistry, heraldry and, as regards their biological application, the schooling and psychology of the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707-78). They illustrate how an apparently simple historical question in science, as that raised by G. Rattray Taylor in the New Scientist, 11 (no. 245… 

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