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Monday, August 31, 2009

A Little Known Fact about Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus is known as the father of modern taxonomy. There are no arguments about it. Recently I was surprised to get to know about another fascinating facet of Carl Linnaeus that is not known to many.

Carl Linnaeus is the inventor of the index card. The pioneering scientist had to deal with vast amount of data. It was at times very perplexing. To overcome the problems presented by this gargantuan data he came up with the revolutionary invention: the index card.

Index cards solved many of the problems faced by researchers. They could be shuffled around and retrieved for updating and comparing information. An unheralded invention that was way ahead of his time.

Tahrcountry is glad to share this fascinating information about this pioneer of information retrieval with the readers.

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