The Wilkins Lecture, 1985 John Wilkins, John Ray and Carl Linnaeus

  title={The Wilkins Lecture, 1985 John Wilkins, John Ray and Carl Linnaeus},
  author={William Thomas Stearn},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={101 - 123}
  • W. Stearn
  • Published 1 May 1986
  • History
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
As a botanical taxonomist I was naturally highly honoured and much surprised lito be invited by this venerable and exclusive Society to deliver the 1985 Wilkins Lecture on a subject related to the history of science. If this were a sermon, there could be no Biblical text more appropriate for the present occasion dealing with Bishop Wilkins and his contemporaries in the Royal Society than a passage from the book of wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, composed in the second century B.C.: ‘Let us now praise… 
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