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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf, David Drummond
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
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Listening Length: 14 hours and 3 minutes 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, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested... show more
Listening Length: 14 hours and 3 minutes

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, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten.

Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus: his investigation of wild environments around the world; his discoveries of similarities between climate zones on different continents; his prediction of human-induced climate change; his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation; and his relationships with iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson. Wulf examines how his writings inspired other naturalists and poets such as Wordsworth, Darwin, and Goethe, and she makes the compelling case that it was Humboldt's influence on John Muir that led him to his ideas of preservation and that shaped Thoreau's Walden.

Humboldt was the most interdisciplinary of scientists and is the forgotten father of environmentalism. With this brilliantly researched and compellingly written audiobook, she makes clear the myriad, fundamental ways that Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world.
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Format: audiobook
ASIN: B016V5CSGQ
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Minutes: 843
Edition language: English
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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
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5.0 The Invention of Nature
The Invention of Nature is not flawless (for me the weakest chapter was on Humboldt and Thoreau - but I've always thought Thoreau was over-rated), but it is a fascinating read. Because before Carl Sagan's Cosmos, there was Alexander von Humboldt's Kosmos. (I don't think this is accidental, someho...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.5 The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt
The Lost Hero of Science is not hyperbole. It's one of the great tragedies of history that this man's name is no longer on the tip of every man, woman and child's tongue (at least in the English speaking world). I don't know where to begin, but to put it as concisely as possible, read any headlin...
Elentarri's Book Blog
Elentarri's Book Blog rated it
3.5 THE INVENTION of NATURE BY ANDREA WULF
TITLE: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World AUTHOR: Andrea Wulf Publisher: Knopf Format: e-book ISBN-13: 978-0-385-35067-9 BOOK REVIEW The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf is not a complete or in-depth biography, but rather a journey to discover the for...
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it
5.0 The Invention of Nature
The Humboldt Current. Humboldt County (CA and NV). Humboldt State University (CA) and Universidad Humboldt (Venezuela). These and the many other "Humboldt" place names aren't honoring different Humboldts. They are all honoring one--Prussian naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt.And while Am...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
5.0 Widely loved, then largely forgotten
A scientific expedition had long been Alexander von Humboldt’s dream, so when he stepped onto the shores of Latin America in 1799 he was beyond excited, and soon began exploring, measuring, comparing, questioning, and chronicling everything: the distribution of indigenous plants, barometric pressure...
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