13/05/2007

THE GREAT LEVELLER OF LEARNING

My Tomorrow's World column from the Herald on Sunday about the Encyclopedia of Life project.

It's a project the great species collectors of history, from Pliny the elder to Darwin to globetrotting microbiologist Craig Venter, would well appreciate.

It's one big book that documents every known living species of plant and animal in the world, some 1.8 million species - a map of life as we know it (read on).

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