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The Resource The invention of nature : the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science, Andrea Wulf

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
Title
The invention of nature
Title remainder
the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science
Statement of responsibility
Andrea Wulf
Title variation
invention of nature
Title variation remainder
Alexander von Humboldts new world
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
A portrait of the German naturalist reveals his ongoing influence on humanity's relationship with the natural world today, discussing such topics as his views on climate change, conservation, and nature as a resource for all life
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Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015
  • Costa Biography Award, 2015.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
  • Royal Society General Prizes for Science Books, 2016
Biography type
individual biography
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10446338
Cataloging source
SALS
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Wulf, Andrea
Dewey number
509.2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Humboldt, Alexander von
  • Scientists
  • Naturalists
Target audience
general
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Alexander von Humboldt's new world
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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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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-455) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
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  • cri
  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. Departure: Emerging ideas. Beginnings -- Imagination and nature: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Humboldt -- In search of a destination. -- Part 2. Arrival: Collecting ideas. South America -- The Llanos and the Orinoco -- Across the Andes -- Chimborazo -- Politics and nature: Thomas Jefferson and Humboldt. -- Part 3. Return: Sorting ideas. Europe -- Berlin -- Paris -- Revolutions and nature: Simon Bolivar and Humboldt -- London -- Going in circles: Maladie Centrifuge -- Part 4. Influence: Spreading ideas. Return to Berlin -- Russia -- Evolution and nature: Charles Darwin and Humboldt -- Humbolt's Cosmos -- Poetry, science and nature: Henry David Thoreau and Humboldt -- Part 5. New worlds: Evolving ideas. 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
Control code
000055836713
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 473 p., [8] unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781473628793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour), 3 maps
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)926672190
Label
The invention of nature : the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science, Andrea Wulf
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-455) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. Departure: Emerging ideas. Beginnings -- Imagination and nature: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Humboldt -- In search of a destination. -- Part 2. Arrival: Collecting ideas. South America -- The Llanos and the Orinoco -- Across the Andes -- Chimborazo -- Politics and nature: Thomas Jefferson and Humboldt. -- Part 3. Return: Sorting ideas. Europe -- Berlin -- Paris -- Revolutions and nature: Simon Bolivar and Humboldt -- London -- Going in circles: Maladie Centrifuge -- Part 4. Influence: Spreading ideas. Return to Berlin -- Russia -- Evolution and nature: Charles Darwin and Humboldt -- Humbolt's Cosmos -- Poetry, science and nature: Henry David Thoreau and Humboldt -- Part 5. New worlds: Evolving ideas. 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
Control code
000055836713
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 473 p., [8] unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781473628793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour), 3 maps
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)926672190

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