Title: Invention of Nature, The
Authors: Wulf, Andrea
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 473
Year: 2015
Language: English
Description: If Alexander von Humboldt was alive today, he would be justified in saying, 'I told you so'. Among the many and varied accomplishments of this 19th century scientist was his prediction of human-induced climate change. An intrepid explorer and visionary scientist, he was an important mover and shaker of his time, an opinion-shaper and science communicator extraordinaire, ensuring his theory of the interconnectedness of nature continues to influence how we view the natural world today.

Ostensibly a biography, this impressively researched book weaves threads of travel, adventure, intellectual pursuits and a who's who of the other luminaries of von Humboldt's era, into a thrilling and dazzling whole, a worthy celebration of this scientific superstar.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Well written by a devotee, and well researched on an international basis."

"This is one of my top reds of the year, but it won't be for everyone."

"People with an interest in the natural world, the biological sciences and ecology would enjoy this book."

"This well-researched and thorough exploration of all aspects of his life, his ideas and his contribution to science and academia generally is an excellent read."

"I think this book would appeal to those interested in history and the history of science as well as the environmental history buffs and those to love to travel and explore."

"This book is quite strongly based in academia and as such won't be enjoyed by all. But for those interested in the subject, it's excellent."

Categories: Non fiction, Big Read, Biography, Adventure/Exploration, Environmental, Historical, Science & Technology, Travel, 2018 Titles


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