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The Invention Of Nature

Author : Andrea Wulf
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WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2016 'A thrilling adventure story' Bill Bryson 'Dazzling' Literary Review 'Brilliant' Sunday Express 'Extraordinary and gripping' New Scientist 'A superb biography' The Economist 'An exhilarating armchair voyage' GILES MILTON, Mail on Sunday 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 Bolívar'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.

The Adventures Of Alexander Von Humboldt

Author : Andrea Wulf
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Nature, comes a breathtakingly illustrated and brilliantly evocative recounting of Alexander Von Humboldt's five year expedition in South America. Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, but his most revolutionary idea was a radical vision of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. His theories and ideas were profoundly influenced by a five-year exploration of South America. Now Andrea Wulf partners with artist Lillian Melcher to bring this daring expedition to life, complete with excerpts from Humboldt's own diaries, atlases, and publications. She gives us an intimate portrait of the man who predicted human-induced climate change, fashioned poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and influenced iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, and John Muir. This gorgeous account of the expedition not only shows how Humboldt honed his groundbreaking understanding of the natural world but also illuminates the man and his passions.

The Invention Of Nature The Adventures Of Alexander Von Humboldt The Lost Hero Of Science

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The True Adventures Of Alexander Von Humboldt

Author : Volker Mehnert
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Kids grow up learning about the Lewis and Clark Expedition—the famous two-year trek that charted the Western half of the United States from May 1804 to September 1806. Yet around this time—in fact, just before it, starting in 1799 and ending in 1804—another groundbreaking and just as impressive journey in South America had been completed by a man from half-way across the world, soon to become the preeminent man of science of his day: the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt. Now, experienced travel writer Volker Mehnert tells his story in this captivating and richly illustrated narrative biography for kids. Starting at the beginning with his upbringing and education, he follows Humboldt on his travels to South America (accompanied by French botanist Aimé Bonpland), where he encounters unknown cultures and rainforests full of undiscovered plants and animal species, not to mention his visit to the USA (where he meets Thomas Jefferson) as well as his journey through Russia and his rise to fame back in Europe. From the island of Tenerife, where he climbs the Pico del Teide (one of many volcanoes he will scale) to his travels along the Orinoco and his trek across the Andes, Humboldt examines everything he sees along the way, fueled by an endless urge to discover the world and its natural phenomena. He discovers new waterways, draws maps, and makes notes he will use for his later works, which would go on to inspire a generation of scientists after him, Charles Darwin among them. Complete with striking illustrations that bring Humboldt’s adventures to life, The True Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt is a captivating narrative biography that will whisk away readers young and old alike, and inspire them to see the world through the eyes of one of the greatest scientists of all time.

Jaguars And Electric Eels

Author : Alexander von Humboldt
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A great, innovative and restless thinker, the young Humboldt (1769-1859) went on his epochal journey to the New World during a time of revolutionary ferment across Europe. This part of his matchless narrative of adventure and scientific research focuses on his time in Venezuela - in the Llanos and on the Orinoco River - riding and paddling, restlessly and happily noting the extraordinary things on every hand. Great Journeys allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries – but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. Few reading experiences can begin to match that of engaging with writers who saw astounding things: Great civilisations, walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flowers new to science. Reading these books is to see the world afresh, to rediscover a time when many cultures were quite strange to each other, where legends and stories were treated as facts and in which so much was still to be discovered.

Aspects Of Nature

Author : Alexander Von Humboldt
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Humboldt S Cosmos

Author : Gerard Helferich
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A detailed portrait of German naturalist and adventurer Alexander Humboldt describes his seminal five-year and six-thousand-mile scientific exploration of South America, chronicling his expedition through the Amazon and over the Andes, his extraordinary catalog of sixty thousand plants, his study of the ancient cultures of the region, and his influence on science. 30,000 first printing.

The Travels And Researchs Of Alexander Von Humboldt

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The Travels And Researches Of Alexander Von Humboldt

Author : Alexander von Humboldt
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The Travels And Researches Of Alexander Von Humboldt

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