Humboldt's cosmos : Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American journey that changed the way we see the world (Audiobook on CD, 2005) [WorldCat.org]
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Humboldt's cosmos : Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American journey that changed the way we see the world

Author: Gerard Helferich
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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Alexander von Humboldt was the reigning scientific mind of the early nineteenth century ... With his companion Aime Bonpland, Humboldt cut a six-thousand-mile swath across the New World, through what is now Venezuela. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and Cuba. Risking his life in treacherous terrain, he conducted the first extensive scientific explorations of the Andes and the Amazon ... He brought back to Europe  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Gerard Helferich
OCLC Number: 60843431
Notes: Originally published: New York : Gotham Books, ©2004.
Description: 1 audio disc ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Humboldt's ghost --
Tegel --
Tenerife --
Cumana --
Caracas --
Llanos --
Orinoco --
Amazon --
Cuba --
Chimborazo --
Cajamarca --
New Spain --
Washington, Paris, and Berlin --
Humboldt's spirit --
Appendices: Other works of Alexander von Humboldt; Places named after Alexander von Humboldt.
Responsibility: Gerard Helferich.

Abstract:

Alexander von Humboldt was the reigning scientific mind of the early nineteenth century ... With his companion Aime Bonpland, Humboldt cut a six-thousand-mile swath across the New World, through what is now Venezuela. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and Cuba. Risking his life in treacherous terrain, he conducted the first extensive scientific explorations of the Andes and the Amazon ... He brought back to Europe more than 60,000 plant specimens and a multitude of exotic New World animals, set an altitude record while climbing the volcano Chimborazo, made revolutionary discoveries regarding volcanoes and the Earth's magnetic field, and introduced millions of Americans and Europeans to the astonishing cultures of the Aztecs and the Incas ... His ideas revolutionized scientific research; laid the groundwork for entire new fields of study ..., and his adventures and insights profoundly influenced followers such as Charles Darwin and Louis Agassiz. Today, more places and geographical features are named after Humboldt than any other historical figure, and scientists continue to build on the foundations he established ... [This book] is a fascinating portrait of a brilliant mind and a bold spirit whose momentous journey of exploration greatly expanded the scope of his world--and ours.-Dust jacket.

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