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What’s in a Name?
Chevy Volt. Ford Mustang. Mazda Miata. When we speak about automobiles, we often include both the manufacture’s name and the model name. It’s the automotive equivalent of “binomial nomenclature”, the formal naming system (genus and species) that biologists have used since the mid 16th century to name plants and animals. Binomial names allow biologists to speak to each other across distance and time, knowing they are talking about the same organism. Binomial names promote precision, but limit creativity.