The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Date: September 19, 2015
Date End: September 19, 2015
Location: James Brice House Conference Room, 42 East Street
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Andrea Wulf reveals in her new book the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Humbolt was an intrepid exploer and the most famous scientist of his age. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired natrualista dn poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth and Goeth, but alos politicians such as Jefferson. In the Invention of Nature Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.