Thursday, December 3, 2009

BHL Book of the Week: Six degrees of BHL

With well over 35,000 titles to choose from, the BHL book of the week selection can sometimes be a daunting task. (Each title more thrilling than the last!) So this week, I decided to play a game with you to arrive at the next selection. We'll dig deep into the repository and maybe find a path to something unexpected. According to our most recent poll, Invertebrate Zoology beats out Botany by a nose as the most popular area of biodiversity research. So, because we need a 1st degree and a 6th degree, and it's cheating to have the one making the connections do the picking, I humbly ask for your participation to test my librarian's mettle. Please suggest (in the comments) an IZ scientist--or even a title--for me to connect with a Botanist's work or otherwise significant figure. Will it work? Will it be neat? I don't know. But even if I find the connections too obscure (no way!) to piece together, we'll all, at the very least, have the excitement of the journey to enjoy.


  1. James Dwight Dana! Great! Who's next? :) the suspense is killing me.

  2. Charles Valentine Riley-Amer Entomologist but also worked on diseases of vitis vinifera--he saved the french wine industry too!

  3. Thanks Robin! and thanks, on behalf of wine lovers everywhere, Monsieur Charles Valentine Riley-Amer!

  4. Well, so this *is* fun! I'm learning something already. Our champion of the french wine industry is an American (British born). His name is not, in fact, a hyphenate. :)
    Stay tuned!!

  5. This was a good read. I laughed out loud reading the article, and then again reading the comments.