The Invention of Nature

Alexander von Humboldt's New World

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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

"Vivid and exciting.... Wulf’s pulsating account brings this dazzling figure back into a dazzling, much-deserved focus.” —The Boston Globe

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt’s name still graces towns, counties, parks, bays, lakes, mountains, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten. 

In this illuminating biography, Andrea Wulf brings Humboldt’s extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others. Brilliantly researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt’s ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism—and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2015
September 15
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
496
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
52.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Ghgdb ,

Timely

This book provides a wonderful account of Alexander von Humboldt, a scientist who few know much about, but who’s intellectual legacy in ecosystems thinking that we are all well aware of. It’s well written and conveys very effectively how Humboldt’s life and ideas impacted key environmental thinkers and activists who in turn produced works that have had significant impact right up to the present day. A great read!

Touchmoulin ,

Brilliant fascinating exciting

One of the finest biographies. A thrilling read. Who knew?
Humboldt is now one of my heroes and so is Wulf.

Mutzica ,

Wonderful

Well researched, well written

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