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Life and works of Augustin Augier de Favas (1725–1825), author of 'Arbre botanique' (1801)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas, History of Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3212-6965
76 Rue Hurepoix, F-91470 Limours, France.
Univ Lyon 1, CNRS, CMR LEHNA 5023, F-69622 Villeurbanne, France.
2017 (English)In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 44, no 1, 43-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Augustin Augier's “Arbre botanique” (“botanical tree”) (1801), a diagram representing the natural order of plants in the shape of a family tree, is today a standard reference in histories of systematics and phylogenetic trees. The previously unidentified author was a nobleman from Saint-Tropez, a schoolteacher and a priest in the Société de l'Oratoire de Jésus et de Marie immaculée. His biography and two previously unnoticed publications, as well as his correspondence with the Institut national in Paris, are discussed. Knowledge of Augier's identity, his life and works sheds new light upon his taxonomic theories, and helps us to understand his “Arbre botanique”. Long before the tree was made into an icon of evolutionism, Augier used it to demonstrate the beauty and perfect order of divine creation.

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Edinburgh University Press, 2017. Vol. 44, no 1, 43-62 p.
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History History of Ideas
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History of Sciences and Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-292705DOI: 10.3366/anh.2017.0413ISI: 000398755000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-292705DiVA: diva2:926461
Available from: 2016-05-06 Created: 2016-05-06 Last updated: 2017-05-18Bibliographically approved

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