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The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date October 4, 2016
Pages 496
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780345806291
ISBN-10 0345806298
Dimensions 0 by 5.19 by 8 in.
Original list price $16.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

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One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award


A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The EconomistNatureJezebelKirkus ReviewsPublishers WeeklyNew ScientistThe IndependentThe TelegraphThe Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt’s name still graces towns, counties, parks, bays, lakes, mountains, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten. 

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 researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt’s ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism—and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever.

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Hardcover
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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (September 15, 2015)
9780385350662 | details & prices | 473 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.94 lbs | List price $30.00
With Susan Hayward | from Routledge (March 1, 1996); titled "Key Concepts in Cinema Studies"
9780415107181 | details & prices | 467 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $70.00
This edition also contains Key Concepts in Cinema Studies
About: This is an A-Z of the key critical terms in film studies, and aims to make film texts and analysis more accessible to the student.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (October 4, 2016)
9780345806291 | details & prices | 496 pages | List price $16.95
About: The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.
CD/Spoken Word
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With David Drummond (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Highbridge Co (October 13, 2015)
9781622319800 | details & prices | 5.75 × 5.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $39.99
About: 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.

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