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The Invention of Nature

Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Autor: Andrea Wulf
Sprecher: David Drummond
Spieldauer: 14 Std. und 3 Min.
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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, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten.

Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus: his investigation of wild environments around the world; his discoveries of similarities between climate zones on different continents; his prediction of human-induced climate change; his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation; and his relationships with iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson. Wulf examines how his writings inspired other naturalists and poets such as Wordsworth, Darwin, and Goethe, and she makes the compelling case that it was Humboldt's influence on John Muir that led him to his ideas of preservation and that shaped Thoreau's Walden.

Humboldt was the most interdisciplinary of scientists and is the forgotten father of environmentalism. With this brilliantly researched and compellingly written audiobook, she makes clear the myriad, fundamental ways that Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world.

©2015 Andrea Wulf. Recorded by arrangement with Doubleday, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Unsuitable narrator, interesting book

The narrator is completely unsuited to the book. He reads like the voice in movie trailers... "in a world where a smart German aristocrat becomes the inventor of nature..." The author is over-anxious to convince you of Humboldt's importance and too much of the book is spent establishing that various famous people were very impressed with him. This gets annoying and repetitive. On the other hand it's a good introduction to a man who is now relatively unknown and whose ideas were seminal for our understanding of nature today.

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Faszinierend!

Sehr interessante Biographie mir einer Fülle historischer Details und ökologischer Implikationen. Absolut lesenswert und empfehlenswert!

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Exceptional and inspiring

I feel richer for having read/heard this book Humboldt's many talents are inspiring. Wulf's selections of which aspects of Humboldt's life to present and which stories of those he influenced she would follow are powerful and poignant .

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Fantastic insight into Humboldts life

The book was mostly really interesting and inspiring, but sometimes a bit repetitive in describing his view on nature and his state of mind. I don't know how to do it otherwise and since it is no real drawback, I'll give this book most definitely 5 stars :) the work behind this book must've been really interesting but also really hard - so cudos to the author.