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Publisher Description

Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene. Young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann’s brilliant comic novel revolves around the meeting of two colossal geniuses of the Enlightenment.
     Late in the eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the aristocratic naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates jungles, voyages down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores and measures every cave and hill he comes across. The other, the reclusive and barely socialized mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, can prove that space is curved without leaving his home. Terrifyingly famous and wildly eccentric, these two polar opposites finally meet in Berlin in 1828, and are immediately embroiled in the turmoil of the post-Napolean world.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2007
October 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
7.1
MB

Customer Reviews

AguaJefe ,

Say what?

This book is almost stream of consciousness - no coherent structure or timing. It wants to get into the minds of Humboldt and Gauss, but only succeeds in providing a surreal landscape of extraneous fathomings.

I never got a real understanding of either the mental workings or the practical happenings of either man.

NotBrightEnough ,

Where is the story for the title?

After reading 10% with no direction evident, I moved on.

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