BBC HomeExplore the BBC


Accessibility help
Text only
BBC Homepage
BBC Radio
BBC Radio 4 - 92 to 94 FM and 198 Long WaveListen to Digital Radio, Digital TV and OnlineListen on Digital Radio, Digital TV and Online

PROGRAMME FINDER:
Programmes
Podcasts
Schedule
Presenters
PROGRAMME GENRES:
News
Drama
Comedy
Science
Religion|Ethics
History
Factual
Messageboards
Radio 4 Tickets
Radio 4 Help

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

Science
FRONTIERS
MISSED A PROGRAMME?
Go to the Listen Again page
PROGRAMME INFO
Wednesday 21:00-21:30
Frontiers explores new ideas in science, meeting the researchers who see the world through fresh eyes and challenge existing theories - as well as hearing from their critics. Many such developments create new ethical and moral questions and Frontiers is not afraid to consider these.
Contact Frontiers
LISTEN AGAINListen 30 min
Listen to 23 May
PROGRAMME DETAILS
Wednesday 23 May 2007
Carl Linnaeus, painted by Alexander Roslin (1775)
Carl Linnaeus,
painted by Alexander Roslin (1775)

Linnaeus
 
Peter Evans celebrates the 300th anniversary of Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish Natural Historian, who gave us many of the names of plants and animals we still use today.

300 years on, Frontiers examines how this great and complicated man has influenced modern day biologists.

Today’s taxonomists are now more familiar with a bewildering array of high tech microscopes and gene sequencing instruments, rather than the traditional collecting jar and butterfly net.

Linnaeus, of course, knew nothing of genes, but what would he have made of these new methods of identifying creatures, looking not just at their physical appearance and behaviour, but also at their DNA to unravel clues about our evolutionary tree.

With this new-found knowledge, does Linneaus’ naming system, so beloved by botanists and biologists the world over, still hold true today?
Listen Live
Audio Help
DON'T MISS
Leading Edge
PREVIOUS PROGRAMMES
Current programmes
Archived programmes

Back to Latest Programme
Science, Nature & Environment Programmes
Current Programmes
Archived Programmes

News & Current Affairs | Arts & Drama | Comedy & Quizzes | Science | Religion & Ethics | History | Factual

Back to top


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy