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Measuring the world : [a novel]

Author: Daniel Kehlmann; Rider Strong; Carol Brown Janeway
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, Calif.] : Phoenix Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : MP3 : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the end of the 18th century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, Alexander von Humboldt, fought his way through jungles and across the steppes. The other, mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss, stayed at home in Gottingen, and proved that space is curved. In "Measuring the world", acclaimed German author Daniel Kehlmann reinterprets one of the most amazing en counters that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Audiobooks
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)76950926
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Carl Friedrich Gauss; Alexander von Humboldt; Carl Friedrich Gauss; Carl Friedrich Gauss; Alexander von Humboldt
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Kehlmann; Rider Strong; Carol Brown Janeway
OCLC Number: 123752406
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen.
Unabridged.
Duration: 7:10:18.
Performer(s): Read by Rider Strong.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (WMA file size: 103110 KB; MP3 file size: 215184 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other Titles: Vermessung der Welt.
Responsibility: Daniel Kehlmann ; [translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway].

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At the end of the 18th century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, Alexander von Humboldt, fought his way through jungles and across the steppes. The other, mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss, stayed at home in Gottingen, and proved that space is curved. In "Measuring the world", acclaimed German author Daniel Kehlmann reinterprets one of the most amazing en counters that cultural history has to offer: in 1828 Humboldt met the mathematician and astronomer Gauss during a conference in Berlin. One of them had traveled the whole globe, while the other had remained in a small German town to study, but, they had one thing in common: they both wanted to understand and measure the world in their own manner. With imagination and a great deal of humor, Daniel Kehlmann depicts the lives of two geniuses, their longings and their weaknesses, their balancing act between loneliness and love, absurdity and greatness, failure and success.

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