The Invention of Nature : The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science: Costa & Royal Society Prize Winner
by Andrea Wulf
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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VAINQUEUR DE L’ 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHIE AWARDWINNER DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE des SCIENCES the 2016 BOOK PRIZE A thrilling adventure story u0022by Bill Bryson’ Dazzling theu0022 Revue Littéraire u0022Genialu0022 Sunday Express’ Extraordinary and gripping of the u0022New Scientist A une superbe biographieu0022,u0022New Scientist A une superbe biographieu0022, a superb biography.There are cities, rivers, mountains, from the current ocean that runs along the South American coast, there is a penguin, a giant squid – even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon.His colorful adventures of reading like something of a Boy of his own history: Humboldt explored in depth in the rainforest, climbed up to the highest volcanoes in the world and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets such asNapoleon was jealous of him; Simon Bolivar’s revolution was fuelled by his ideas; Darwin embarks on the Beagle because of Humboldt; Jules Verne and Captain Nemo belonging to all his many books.He was simply, as one of his contemporaries put it:u0022the greatest man since the Floodu0022.Take us on a fantastic journey in its tracks – race through the anthrax infected by Russia or tropical mapping, living rivers, with crocodiles – Andrea Wulf shows why her life and ideas remain so important today.Humboldt predicts human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and The Invention of Nature’s traces of his ideas as they will revolutionize and shape the form of science, nature conservation, writing, politics, art and theory of evolution.He wanted to know everything and understand everything and his way of thinking was so far ahead of his time that he is coming in his own right now.Alexander von Humboldt really invented the way we see nature.
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