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.

6 comments:

Martin said...

James D. Dana

EJT said...

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

Robin Everly said...

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

EJT said...

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

EJT said...

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!!

Anonymous said...

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

Thanks.