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The first step of science is to know one thing from another. This knowledge consists in their specific distinctions; but in order that it may be fixed and permanent distinct names must be given to different things, and those names must be recorded and remembered.
Nomenclature, the other foundation of botany, should provide the names as soon as the classification is made...If the names are unknown knowledge of the things also perishes...For a single genus, a single name.
Nature's economy shall be the base for our own, for it is immutable, but ours is secondary. An economist without knowledge of nature is therefore like a physicist without knowledge of mathematics.
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