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Auteur(s) : McCrory, Donald  Voir les notices liées en tant qu'auteur

Titre(s) : Nature's interpreter [Texte imprimé] : the life and times of Alexander von Humboldt / Donald McCrory

Publication : . - Cambridge (GB) : Lutterworth Press, 2010

Description matérielle : 1 vol. (242 pages) : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

Comprend : List of Illustrations -- ; Acknowledgements -- ; Prologue -- ; Introduction --1 ; Growing up in Prussia --2 ; The Makings of a Scientist in the Age of Enlightenment --3 ; Spain Supports Humboldt's Quest --4 ; The Adventure Begins --5 ; The Power and Fertility of Nature --6 ; Cuba, Chimborazo and the Incas --7 ; 'A microcosm in a leaf': Sojourn in Mexico --8 ; The Commitment to a Universal Science --9 ; From Paris to Berlin: The New Cultural Capital of Europe? --10 ; Russia and Siberia --11 ; The Challenges Posed by Cosmos --12 ; Humboldt: King of Collaborators --13 ; Criticism, Creation and the Creative Process --14 ; Humboldt as a Foreign Correspondent --15 ; The Final Years: 1849-1859 -- ; Epilogue -- ; Appendix: Chronology of the Life of Alexander von Humboldt -- ; Notes -- ; Select Bibliography -- ; Index.

Note(s) : Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-235) and index
Based upon the latest research and documentation Nature's Interpreter traces the life and times of the scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), from his childhood and early education in Prussia, his training as a mining engineer, his extensive travels in South America, Russia and Siberia to his later scientific work and publications. It brings out the outstanding contributions that Humboldt made to our knowledge of the world in which we live ; When he was in the Americas Humboldt kept detailed diaries of his experiences but he also included detailed information about botany, astronomy, cartography, geology, anthropology and linguistics. He sent back to museums in Paris, Berlin and Madrid some 6,000 new species of flora together with samples of rare rocks, minerals and drawings. On returning to Paris he self-financed a series of publications leading to his lifetime's work and masterpiece, Cosmos, which ran to five volumes ; Rightly considered the founding father of several scientific disciplines, Humboldt, in his day, was as well-known as Napoleon; his contacts stretched from Paris to Peru, Berlin to Boston. --Book Jacket

Sujet(s) : Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)  Voir les notices liées en tant que sujet
Naturalistes -- Prusse -- 19e siècle  Voir les notices liées en tant que sujet

Genre ou forme : Biographies

Numéros : ISBN 9780718892319 (pbk.). - ISBN 0718892313 (pbk.)

Notice n° :  FRBNF43875216 (notice reprise d'un réservoir extérieur)

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