Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt’s name still graces towns, counties, parks, bays, lakes, mountains, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten.
I see from more of the review that he was also quite an adventurer -- indeed, a veritable superman.
All right, this calls for chocolate chip cookie dough and a glass of milk.
[returning shortly with the sustenance and settling into listening to the podcast of John Batchelor and a historian bringing history alive again.]
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf. Part 1 of 4.
What a great story! Welcome relief from the day's news! I can't wait for Part 3, which I hope will be aired on Monday night.