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Die Vermessung der Welt : Roman

Author: Daniel Kehlmann
Publisher: Reinbek : Rowohlt, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : German : 1. AuflView 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 Göttingen, and proved that space is curved. Here the author reinterprets one of the most amazing encounters that cultural history has to offer: in 1828 Humboldt met  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Fiction
Novels
Belletristische Darstellung
German fiction
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kehlmann, Daniel, 1975-
Vermessung der Welt.
Reinbek : Rowohlt, 2005
(OCoLC)607576590
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Carl Friedrich Gauss; Carl Friedrich Gauß; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Carl Friedrich Gauß; Carl Friedrich Gauss; Alexander von Humboldt
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Kehlmann
ISBN: 3498035282 9783498035280
OCLC Number: 61714982
Language Note: In German.
Description: 301 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Daniel Kehlmann.

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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 Göttingen, and proved that space is curved. Here the author reinterprets one of the most amazing encounters 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. 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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