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The Resource The invention of nature : Alexander von Humboldt's new world, Andrea Wulf

The invention of nature : Alexander von Humboldt's new world, Andrea Wulf

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The invention of nature : Alexander von Humboldt's new world
Title
The invention of nature
Title remainder
Alexander von Humboldt's new world
Statement of responsibility
Andrea Wulf
Title variation
invention of nature
Title variation remainder
Alexander von Humboldts new world
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The acclaimed author of The Brother Gardeners and Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of the visionary German naturalist whose ideas continue to influence how we view ourselves and our relationship with the natural world today.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 book, she makes clear the myriad, fundamental ways that Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world.From the Hardcover edition
Summary
A portrait of the German naturalist reveals his ongoing influence on humanity's relationship with the natural world today, discussing such topics as his views on climate change, conservation, and nature as a resource for all life
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Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015
  • Costa Biography Award, 2015.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
  • Royal Society General Prizes for Science Books, 2016
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10446338
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
509.2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
Alexander von Humboldt's new world
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The invention of nature : Alexander von Humboldt's new world, Andrea Wulf
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http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=3AE59A59-9A3B-4D32-BEAC-5F56EBCEECC7
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Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Prologue -- Part 1. Departure: Emerging ideas -- Part 2. Arrival: Collecting ideas -- Part 3. Return: Sorting ideas -- Part 4. Influence: Spreading ideas -- Part 5. New worlds: Evolving ideas
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ocn907950084
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unknown
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780385350679
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia.
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c
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illustrations, maps.
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
3AE59A59-9A3B-4D32-BEAC-5F56EBCEECC7
System control number
(OCoLC)907950084
Label
The invention of nature : Alexander von Humboldt's new world, Andrea Wulf
Link
http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=3AE59A59-9A3B-4D32-BEAC-5F56EBCEECC7
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Prologue -- Part 1. Departure: Emerging ideas -- Part 2. Arrival: Collecting ideas -- Part 3. Return: Sorting ideas -- Part 4. Influence: Spreading ideas -- Part 5. New worlds: Evolving ideas
Control code
ocn907950084
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385350679
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
3AE59A59-9A3B-4D32-BEAC-5F56EBCEECC7
System control number
(OCoLC)907950084

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