Another idea that I couldn’t do for The Systems of Nature was to collect up all the published information about bowerbirds and to use biological software that plots the relatedness of things to be able to draw a sort of evolutionary chart of bowerbird research. This type here always reminds me of dandelions.
The System of Nature
One of the early ideas I had for The System of Nature was making a blended goniometer — the instrument that measures crystal angles. This was because Linnaeus had proposed a much less successful system for the classification of the mineral kingdom. There was a goniometer in the geology museum.
I have been working on a possible exhibition opportunity for a show about the 300th anniversary of Linnaeus. Researching Linnaeus I came across some references to his classing of minerals, fossils and crystals. In this case Linnaeus’s system was never adopted. I am thinking about combining it with the bowerbird’s classification of stones in …