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Alexander Humboldt: a great explorer rediscovered

Andrea Wulf has brilliantly resurrected the gifted naturalist and geographer who was once (bar Napoleon) the most famous man in Europe

6 February 2016

9:00 AM

6 February 2016

9:00 AM

The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science Andrea Wulf

John Murray, pp.474, £25, ISBN: 9781848548985

The Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt was once the most famous man in Europe bar Napoleon. And if you judge a man by his friends (as you should), how about Goethe, Schiller, Simon Bolivar, Cuvier, Lamarck, Laplace, Guy-Lussac and Jefferson? And that is only the start of the supper list.

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