The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World Author Andrea Wulf
ISBN-10 0345806298
ISBN-13 9780345806291
Year 2016-10-04
Pages 576
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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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 worldand in the process created modern environmentalism NATIONAL BEST SELLEROne of theNew York Times 10Best Books of the YearWinner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize TheJames Wright Award for Nature Writing theCosta Biography Award the Royal Geographic Society s Ness Award the Sigurd F Olson Nature Writing AwardFinalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction the Royal Society Science Book Prize theKirkusPrize Prize for Nonfiction theIndependent Bookshop Week Book AwardABest Book of the Year The New York Times The Atlantic The Economist Nature Jezebel Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly New Scientist The Independent The Telegraph The Sunday Times The Evening Standard The SpectatorAlexander 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 Humboldts 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 Humboldts 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 Simn Bolvar 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 Humboldts ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalismand reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever

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