The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt

The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Nature, comes a breathtakingly illustrated and brilliantly evocative recounting of Alexander Von Humboldt's five year expedition in South America. 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, but his most revolutionary idea was a radical vision of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. His theories and ideas were profoundly influenced by a five-year exploration of South America. Now Andrea Wulf partners with artist Lillian Melcher to bring this daring expedition to life, complete with excerpts from Humboldt's own diaries, atlases, and publications. She gives us an intimate portrait of the man who predicted human-induced climate change, fashioned poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and influenced iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, and John Muir. This gorgeous account of the expedition not only shows how Humboldt honed his groundbreaking understanding of the natural world but also illuminates the man and his passions"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524747374
Branch Call Number: GR WUL
Characteristics: 1 volume : illustrations (colour) ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Melcher, Lillian - Illustrator


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Nov 08, 2019

This is a beautiful book, more personal somehow than Wulf's thorough biography of Alexander Von Humboldt, The Invention of Nature. It is a wonderful companion book, which centers on Von Humboldt's adventures in South America and Mexico. The illustrations help to visualize the intricacies of the expeditions. Lillian Melcher's drawings are charming.

May 29, 2019

The author and illustrator have combined to produce a wonderful summary of the work of AVH and how it relates to others of his day. I had no knowledge of his explorations nor much familiarity with graphic presentation except the comic books of my youth. Readers from middle school through adult will find the book accessible. I learned that AVH was not only a keen observer of nature but almost obsessively measured temperature, barometric pressure, time, and dimensions of objects. His writings probably aided Charles Darwin's development of his theory. The adventure of exploring Cuba, Central and South America and Mexico comes through to make this story come alive on many levels.

Feb 07, 2019

I will look forward to reading this. Not many are aware that in the Western Hemisphere, Alexander von Humboldt was the first to suggest that humans are involved in inducing climate change. One of my all time favorite quotations has been attributed to von Humboldt:
// There are three stages of scientific discovery; first people deny it is true; then they deny it is important; finally they credit the wrong person. \\


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