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Augustin Augier's Botanical Tree: Transcripts and translations of two unknown sources
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3212-6965
4 rue du Presbytère, Athose, 25580 Les Premiers Sapins, France.
Université Lyon 1, France.
2017 (English)In: Huntia, ISSN 0073-4071, Vol. 16, no 1, 17-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Augustin Augier's "Arbre botanique" (1801) is one of the earliest known family tree diagrams to represent the natural system. As such it is frequently cited in the literature on historical systematics, where it is generally framed as a precursor to later, evolutionary trees. While ignorance concerning the author's identity long complicated efforts at interpreting and placing his tree into context, in the course of our recent establishment of Augier's biography, we discovered two previously unknown writings in which Augier discussed the Botanical tree: a letter he sent to the National Institute in Paris in 1801 and a serialized article he published in Valence in 1809. These texts shed considerable light on how its author intended the Botanical Tree to be used and help to clarify how genealogical metaphors could serve as classificatory resources before the rise of evolutionary theory — and from within an explicitly religious worldview.

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Pittsburgh: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation , 2017. Vol. 16, no 1, 17-38 p.
Keyword [en]
History of botany, History of science, History of taxonomy, History of natural classification, Augustin Augier, Augustin Augier de Favas, Tree of life, Tree of nature, Phylogenetic tree
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323898OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323898DiVA: diva2:1107773
Available from: 2017-06-10 Created: 2017-06-10 Last updated: 2017-06-12Bibliographically approved

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