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

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The thrilling story of the charismatic explorer who Simon Bolivar called“the true discoverer of South Americ” 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 and presented to Napoleon, and, with the subsequent publication of his findings, he would be hailed as the greatest scientific genius of his age.

Humbold‛s Cosmos tells 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 Humbold‛s expedition through the Amazon and over the Andes, 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 became the first to study the great cultures of the Aztecs and Incas. In the process, he revolutionized geology and laid the groundwork for modern sciences such as climatology, oceanography, and geography—and his contributions would influence future greats such as Charles Darwin and shape the course of science for centuries to come.

Published in time for the bicentennial of the expeditio‛s completion in May 1804, Humbold‛s Cosmos is a dramatic tribute to one of histor‛s most audacious adventurers, whom Stephen Jay Gould noted“may well have been the worl‛s most famous and influential intellectual”

About the Author

Gerard Helferich worked in book publishing for twenty-five years as an editor and publisher.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface: Humboldtís Ghost 000

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 000

ONE: Tegel 000

TWO: Tenerife 000

THREE: Cuman· 000

FOUR: Caracas 000

FIVE: The Llanos 000

SIX: The Orinoco 000

SEVEN: The Amazon 000

EIGHT: Cuba 000

NINE: Chimborazo 000

TEN: Cajamarca 000

ELEVEN: New Spain 000

TWELVE: The United States, Paris, and Berlin 000

CONCLUSION: Humboldtís Spirit 000

BIBLIOGRAPHY 000

SOURCES 000

APP: IX I: Other Works of Alexander von Humboldt 000

APP: IX II: Places Named After Alexander von Humboldt 000

INDEX 000

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592400522
Subtitle:
Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We Se
Author:
Helferich, Gerard
Publisher:
Gotham
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Scientific expeditions
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Latin america
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20040412
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 0.75 in 0.68 lb

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