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Title Alexander von Humboldt : how the most famous scientist of the Romantic Age found the soul of nature / Maren Meinhardt.
Author Meinhardt, Maren, author.
Publication Katonah, New York : BlueBridge, 2019.
Copyright date ©2018
Description 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note "Published in Great Britain under the title A longing for wide and unknown things by C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd."--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-269) and index.
Summary Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous scientist and explorer of his day. "I view him as one of the greatest ornaments of the age," wrote Thomas Jefferson, and he received Humboldt in the White House in 1804. Ralph Waldo Emerson celebrated Humboldt as "one of those wonders of the world," and John Muir exclaimed, "How intensely I desire to be a Humboldt!" The great German poet Goethe was Humboldt's friend, and after reading Humboldt's work, Charles Darwin yearned to travel to distant lands. From Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California to Humboldthain park in Berlin, from South America's Humboldt Current to Greenland's Humboldt Glacier, numerous places, plants, and animals around the world are named after him. Born in Berlin in 1769, the young Alexander von Humboldt moved in the circles of Romantic writers and thinkers, studied mining, and worked as an inspector of mines before his "longing for wide and unknown things" made him resign and begin his great scientific expedition. For five years, from 1799 to 1804, Humboldt traveled through Central and South America. He and his collaborator, the French botanist Aimé Bonpland, journeyed on foot, by boat, and with mules through grasslands and forests, on rivers and across mountain ranges, and when Humboldt returned to Europe his coffers were full of scientific treasures. His legacy includes a sprawling body of knowledge, from the charge found in electric eels to the distribution of plants across different climate zones, and from the bioluminescence of jellyfish to the composition of falling stars.
Subject Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859.
Scientists -- Germany -- Biography.
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859. (OCoLC)fst00054219
Scientists. (OCoLC)fst01108895
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Genre Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Addl. Title Longing for wide and unknown things
ISBN 1629190195 (hardcover) :
9781629190198 (hardcover) :

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