The need to understand the relationships between parts of the natural world led Linnaeus to devise classification schemes for plants and animals in the second half of the 18th Century. He later expanded his system to cover the mineral kingdom. J. J. Berzelius developed the first chemical classification of minerals in 1824 and Gustav Rose later extended this to incorporate aspects of crystal structure in 1852. Chemical classification was adopted by James Dana in the fourth edition of his System of Mineralogy, published in 1854, and subsequently by most other authors in the second half of the 19th Century....

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