Comet of Bethlehem
RELIGION & PHILOSOPHY
thought, Louis Bourguet (1678-1742), a geologist, classified fossils and crystals along a "scale," starting the Great Chain of Being in the "mineral kingdom." The biologist Charles Bonnet (1720-1793) sought to rank members of the animal kingdom in terms of their deviation from "perfec- tion." Bonnet's universe, Rigotti notes, is "systematic: everything con- tained in it is arranged, related, linked, chained together." G...