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The Resource Alexander von Humboldt : how the most famous scientist of the Romantic Age found the soul of nature, Maren Meinhardt

Alexander von Humboldt : how the most famous scientist of the Romantic Age found the soul of nature, Maren Meinhardt

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Alexander von Humboldt : how the most famous scientist of the Romantic Age found the soul of nature
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Alexander von Humboldt
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how the most famous scientist of the Romantic Age found the soul of nature
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Maren Meinhardt
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eng
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
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individual biography
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Meinhardt, Maren
Dewey number
509
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q143.H9
LC item number
M435 2019
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non fiction
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  • Humboldt, Alexander von
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Alexander von Humboldt : how the most famous scientist of the Romantic Age found the soul of nature, Maren Meinhardt
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"Published in Great Britain under the title A longing for wide and unknown things by C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd."--Title page verso
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-269) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
274 pages
Isbn
9781629190198
Lccn
2019948096
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • on1064330356
  • (OCoLC)1064330356
Label
Alexander von Humboldt : how the most famous scientist of the Romantic Age found the soul of nature, Maren Meinhardt
Publication
Copyright
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 note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-269) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
274 pages
Isbn
9781629190198
Lccn
2019948096
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1064330356
  • (OCoLC)1064330356

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