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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

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In this illuminating biography, Andrea Wulf brings Humboldt's extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others. Brilliantly researching and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad of ways in which Humboldt's ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism—and reminds us why they are and prescient and vital as ever. Published by Vintage Books. Paperback, 5.1 x 8 inches, 576 pages.