Humboldt's Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We Se
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...more
The thrilling story of the charismatic explorer who 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 ...more
and started the field of plant geography. Humboldt's obsessive cataloguing was used by Darwin an early admirer of Humboldt's travels. A generalist, he revolutionized several disciplines - biology, geology, ...more
Von Humboldt was one of the first to realize that the mesoamerican societies of Central and South American had been civilized by anybody's standards, and that the depredations of the conquistadores and their successors had led to considerable degradation--which he believed could and should be reversed.
He wasn't immune to prejudice, of course--but he was more inclined to look for ...more
This guy led an amazing life. The story of his explorations into the Amazon interior are
amazing. Von Humboldt was also a true scholar and renaissance man.