The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science - Andrea Wulf - Books - John Murray Publishers Ltd - 9781848549005 - March 24, 2016
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The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science

Andrea Wulf

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The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science

Winner of Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016 and Costa Biography Award 2015. Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist - more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. His colourful adventures read like something out of a Boy's Own story: Humboldt explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world's highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Napoleon was jealous of him; Simon Bolivar's revolution was fuelled by his ideas; Darwin set sail on the Beagle because of Humboldt; and Jules Verne's Captain Nemo owned all his many books. He simply was, as one contemporary put it, 'the greatest man since the Deluge'. Taking us on a fantastic voyage in his footsteps - racing across anthrax-infected Russia or mapping tropical rivers alive with crocodiles - Andrea Wulf shows why his life and ideas remain so important today. Humboldt predicted human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and The Invention of Nature traces his ideas as they go on to revolutionize and shape science, conservation, nature writing, politics, art and the theory of evolution. He wanted to know and understand everything and his way of thinking was so far ahead of his time that it's only coming into its own now. Alexander von Humboldt really did invent the way we see nature.


496 pages

Media Books     Paperback Book   (Book with soft cover and glued back)
Released March 24, 2016
ISBN13 9781848549005
Publishers John Murray Publishers Ltd
Genre English, Non-fiction, Misc.
Pages 496
Dimensions 358 g
Language English  

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