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Authors

T. H. MacBride

Document Type

Research

Abstract

That a man's difficulties are often of his own creating is a fact patent in science as in other fields. The imperfections of our methods form ever increasing nets of complexity about the feet of our progress. No one feels this more keenly than the naturalist, especially he who would attempt to give more exact account of some limited group or series of animals or plants. No matter how carefully he may arrange his materials, no matter how industriously he may have worked out the various problems of structure and morphology, there comes at last to plague him, to hinder him, to mar his purpose and waste his time, the question of nomenclature; his specimens must be named. This ceremony, the christening, which ought to have been the simplest matter in the world, has really become, if not the most difficult, at least the most annoying and thankless portion of his task.

Publication Date

1895

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Sciences

Volume

3

Issue

1

First Page

101

Last Page

106

Copyright

©1895 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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