Wunderkammer, Wunderkammern, am Wunderkammernsten

“Wunderkammer, which is one of my favorite words in any language, means “wonder cabinet” in German.”

“In Mathematical Wunderkammern, William Mueller writes this about Wunderkammern:

“A giddy craze was sweeping across Europe at the turn of the 17th century. The wealthy and the well-connected were hoarding things—strange things—into obsessive personal collections. Starfish, forked carrots, monkey teeth, alligator skins, phosphorescent minerals, Indian canoes, and unicorn tails were acquired eagerly and indiscriminately. Associations among these objects, if they were made at all, often reflected a collector’s personal vision of an underlying natural “order”. Critical taxonomy was rarely in evidence.“”

Quelle: http://blogs.msdn.com/korbyp/archive/2004/03/14/89417.aspx