Friday, September 25, 2015
Linnaeus, Garbo and the 100 kroner banknote
Marilyn: Give a modern face to Swedish culture. Bergman is on the new 200 kroner note.
Albert: But these were film people, entertainers. Not scientists.
Marilyn: They are more popular. Internationally better known. Not everyone knows Linnaeus.
Albert: I still think Linnaeus contributed more to the world than Garbo. He proposed a taxonomy still used 200 years later. She may have had screen presence but what was her legacy?
Both scientists and artists can assuredly have reputations that last as long as a generation or more, and both scientists and artists can have reputations as ephemeral as a paper banknote. But the legacy of thought or method perhaps should be the measure of the face choice on a bank note.