Humboldt's Cosmos Alexander Von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey That Changed the Way We See the World

ISBN-10: 1592401066
ISBN-13: 9781592401062
Edition: N/A
Authors: Gerard Helferich
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List price: $15.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

The thrilling story of the charismatic explorer whom Simon Bolivar called the true discoverer of South America and the daring expedition that altered the course of science From 1799 to 1804, German naturalist and adventurer Alexander von Humboldt conducted the first extensive scientific exploration of Latin America. At the completion of his arduous 6,000-mile journey, he was feted by Thomas Jefferson, presented to Napoleon and, after the publication of his findings, hailed as the greatest scientific genius of his age. Humboldts Cosmostells the story of this extraordinary man who was equal parts Einstein and Livingstone, and of the adventure that defined his life. Gerard Helferich vividly recounts Humboldts expedition through the Amazon, over the Andes, and across Mexico and Cuba, highlighting his paradigm-changing discoveries along the way. During the course of the expedition, Humboldt cataloged more than 60,000 plants, set an altitude record climbing the volcano Chimborazo, and introduced millions of Europeans and Americans to the great cultures of the Inca and the Aztecs. In the process, he also revolutionized geology and laid the groundwork for modern sciences such as climatology, oceanography, and geography. His contributions would profoundly influence future greats such as Charles Darwin and shape the course of science for centuries to come. Humboldts Cosmosis a dramatic tribute to one of historys most audacious adventurers, who, as Stephen Jay Gould noted, may well have been the worlds most famous and influential intellectual.

Gerard Helferichis the author the widely praisedHumboldt’s Cosmos,which was aDiscovermagazine Science Bestseller; andHigh Cotton, which received the 2008 Authors Award for nonfiction from the Mississippi Library Association. He lives in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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