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

October 2, 2015

Invention of Nature

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

Andrea Wulf, Historian

1 Session: Monday, October 5, 6:00–7:00pm (Reception at 5:30pm)

Andrea Wulf reveals in her new book the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Humboldt was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. Wulf traces Humboldt’s influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature. In The Invention of Nature, Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.
Fee Free member, $20 nonmember
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Offered with the Massachusetts Historical Society

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