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The invention of nature : Alexander von Humboldt's new world

Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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" ... Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age ... Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus: his daring expeditions and investigation of wild environments around the world and his discoveries of similarities between climate and vegetation zones on different continents. She also discusses his prediction of human-induced climate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Wulf
ISBN: 9780385350662 038535066X 9780345806291 0345806298
OCLC Number: 911240481
Notes: "THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK"--Title page verso.
Awards: Royal Society Science Book Prize, 2016
James Wright Award for Nature Writing, 2016
Costa Biography Award, 2015
Finalist, Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, 2016.
Description: xix, 473 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Beginnings --
Imagination and nature: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Humboldt --
In search of a destination --
South America --
The llanos and the Orinoco --
Across the Andes --
Chimborazo --
Politics and nature: Thomas Jefferson and Humboldt --
Europe --
Berlin --
Paris --
Revolutions and nature: Simón Bolívar and Humboldt --
London --
Going in circles: Maladie centrifuge --
Return to Berlin --
Russia --
Evolution and nature: Charles Darwin and Humboldt --
Humboldt's Cosmos --
Poetry, science and nature: Henry David Thoreau and Humboldt --
The greatest man since the deluge --
Man and nature: George Perkins Marsh and Humboldt --
Art, ecology and nature: Ernst Haeckel and Humboldt --
Preservation and nature: John Muir and Humboldt.
Responsibility: Andrea Wulf.
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" ... Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age ... Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus: his daring expeditions and investigation of wild environments around the world and his discoveries of similarities between climate and vegetation zones on different continents. She also discusses his prediction of human-induced climate change, his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and his relationships with iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson. Wulf examines how Humboldt's writings inspired other naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth, and Goethe, and she makes the case that it was Humboldt's influence that led John Muir to his ideas of natural preservation and that shaped Thoreau's Walden ..."--Jacket.

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