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Measuring the World

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The young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann conjures a brilliant and gently comic novel from the lives of two geniuses of the Enlightenment.

Toward the end of the eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the Prussian aristocrat Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates savanna and jungle, travels down the Orinoco, tastes poisons, climbs the h
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Pantheon (first published 2005)
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اینقد درهم برهم بود که یه جاهایی داستان از زیر دستم در میرفت! ولی طنزش تو بعضی جمله ها و جریانات خیلی خوش نشسته بود. ریتم خوبش باعث میشد بتونی باهاش همراهی کنی. شخصیت ها ولی، نمدونم چرا جز یه سری چیزهای برجسته، نتونستن تو ذهنم بمونن.

" هر چیز مربوط به بدن، منبع واقعی تمام نکبت هاست."

Ahmad Sharabiani
Die Vermessung der Welt=Measuring the World, Daniel Kehlmann
عنوان: اندازه گیری دنیا ؛ نویسنده: دانیل کلمان؛ مترجم: ناتالی چوبینه؛ تهران، افق، 1390؛ در 367 ص؛ شابک: 9789643697587؛ چاپ سوم 1394؛ موضوع: داستانهای آلمانی قرن 21 م
Rebecca Foster
“Whenever things were frightening, it was a good idea to measure them.” This is a delightful historical picaresque about two late-eighteenth-century German scientists: Alexander von Humboldt, who valiantly explored South America and the Russian steppes, and Carl Friedrich Gauss, a misanthropic mathematician whose true genius wasn’t fully realized in his surveying and astronomical work. Both difficult in their own way, the men represent different models for how to do science: an adventurous one w ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with low latent inhibition of which i am one
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list and apoloniaX
So 200 years ago the world was a pretty big place. Not any bigger than it is now but it had the feel of a larger ball of rock as many humans were still scrambling about "discovering" places. Note - most of these places had already been discovered by the people who lived in them. They just didn't shout about it in quite the same way. It is also interesting to note that the people doing the scrambling about were, for the most part, European. Is this because all Europe-ers are massive nosy bastards ...more
Feb 01, 2008 Oceana2602 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Oceana2602 by: FAZ
Daniel Kehlmann's Measuring the World was one of my birthday presents last year, and I waited almost a year to finally read it. Even though it had been on my wishlist, when it suddenly sat there on my shelf, the idea of reading about pre-industrialization Germany, about Humboldt and Gauß, two boring old scientist, seemed rather dreadful.

I should have known better. Measuring the World is not a science book. It's not about two boring old men either, though it is about two old scientist. And the wa
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 14, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010)
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Fascinating read. A scientific historical novel (first published in 2005) originally written in German by young author, Daniel Kehlmann (born 1975). It is said to be the worldwide bestselling German novel since Patrick Suskind's Perfume in 1985.

This is a story of a two scientists during the time of Napoleon reign in Europe. The first scientist is Alexander von Humboldt who is a botanist, geologist and an explorer. He has an elder brother Wilhelm von Humboldt who lives a "normal" life, i.e., stu
Jul 10, 2015 Haman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-novel
وقتی یک چیزی دارد رو به شکست می رود ، باید رهایش کرد چون نمی شود جلوش را گرفت
Friederike Knabe
Sep 14, 2015 Friederike Knabe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: german-lit
I read this back in 2007 in English, now in German for a book club. Here is my 2007 review.

It is not uncommon to find fictional accounts of the lives of famous historical figures, nor of encounters between them. Kehlmann's book is unusual in its choice of personalities and in the way in which he creates an entertaining description of the two. In the late eighteenth century, Carl Friedrich Gauss and Alexander von Humboldt had both embarked on the same quest: finding a new way of measuring the wor
Measuring the World reimagines the life of German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and geographer Alexander von Humboldt. The book follows a fictionalised account of their journey, along with Aimé Bonpland as they measure the world. Their methods where ground-breaking and this novel entangles their lives to explore their effects on science today.

This is not a book of science, this is historical fiction that explores the lives of two German scientists. While the subject matter may sound dull an
Jun Nguyễn
Tôi biết Humboldt đầu tiên qua bài nghe trên TED-ed, trong bài có một lời cảm thán rằng ông là một trong những nhà khoa học lỗi lạc nhất nhưng ít người biết đến nhất. Tôi chỉ nhớ được mang máng ông đã phát hiện rằng nhiệu độ thay đổi theo từng độ cao khác nhau (vậy mà trước đây tôi thường cho rằng thật hiển nhiên để biết được khi lên 100m thì giảm 0,6 độ C) và Darwin cũng chịu ảnh hưởng của ông. Tôi nhớ thêm được trong comment đùa rằng ông được biết đến ít như vậy là vì tên ông gần với chữ "humb ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prima di leggere il libro, conoscevo di nome Gauss, mentre quello di Humboldt potrebbe essere apparso nei miei studi scolastici ma subito è stato dimenticato. Quindi la lettura è stata utile principalmente per conoscere questi due scienziati, di cui vengono narrate le avventure in capitoli alterni: ambedue tedeschi, di origini diversissime -popolare il primo, figlio di un giardiniere; di famiglia nobile il secondo- hanno vissuto vite del tutto diverse, l’uno, “enfant prodige” della matematica, s ...more
Vasco Simões
Sep 09, 2015 Vasco Simões rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
O fascinante mundo dos...cientistas. Este livro foi um dos 10 melhores do ano para a revista Time e um grande êxito de vendas na Alemanha. Narra a história de dois dos maiores nomes da ciência alemã: o naturalista Alexander von Humboldt e Carl Friedrich Gauss, conhecido como o "Príncipe dos Matemáticos". Prometia mas acabpu por perder toda a emoção lá para a página 50. As expedições são contadas de forma sintética e saltam de lugar muito rapidamente sem se perceber como lá chegaram. Num momento ...more
May 10, 2014 Elahe rated it it was amazing
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موضوع کتاب در رابطه با دو تا دانشمنده. در رابطه با دو تا نابغه. هومبلت جغرافی دانیه که به سرزمین های زیادی سفر کرده و خیلی مکان های ناشناخته ای کشف کرده و تمام عمرشو صرف اندازه گیری تپه ها وکوه ها و... کرده.و همچین داستان روایت کننده ی زندگی گاوس ریاضی دان و ستاره شناس برجسته و معروف که کشف های خارق العاده و جالبی رو به دنیا ارائه می کنه.این دو نفر با هم ملاقات می کنن و هدفشون اندازه گیری دنیائه.
برای من خوندن این کتاب خیلی لذت بخش بود و موقع خوندنش گذر زمان و حس نمیکردم. طنز جالبی و نثر روانی دا
Jul 05, 2007 David rated it did not like it
A huge success in Germany. For the life of me I can't figure out why. Which were more boring - the parts about Gauss, or the parts about Humboldt?

Trick question - they were equally soporific.

What in hell was the point of this book? if I hadn't been confined to an aeroplane, I'd never have finished it.

5 Yawns on the snoozometer.
Sep 12, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2013
La misura del mondo di Kehlmann tenta di farci stare simpatici Gauss e Humboldt narrandoci più o meno la storia della loro vita e poi il loro incontro a Berlino in chiave umoristicamente affettuosa, con l'intenzione di demolire l'aura storica attorno a loro e farceli vedere per quello che sono, umani esattamente come noi.
(Io non ho mai avuto dubbi in merito)
Il libro è effettivamente curioso e divertente fino..a pagina 30, poi precipita in un circolo vizioso di noia per la sottoscritta che non s
Apr 22, 2012 Austin rated it it was ok
In this novel, we follow the Adventurers/Intellectuals Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel at times, yet at other times i literally fell asleep due to boredom. If Daniel Kehlmann would have removed some of the formulas or numbers that did not apply to grasping the concept of the novel, I would have given it a rating of 4, or possibly even a 5 out of 5. This novel did an excellent job of demonstrating the struggles, both physical and emotional that tho ...more
Jul 26, 2007 Desiree rated it really liked it
"a real example of the pitiful arbitrariness of existence that you were born into a particular time and held prisoner there ... It gave you an indecent advantage over the past and made you a clown vis-a-vis the future."
Aug 12, 2015 پگاه rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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آخرین کتاب بود تا 21 خرداد ...
Nakwan sriaru
Jan 12, 2016 Nakwan sriaru rated it it was amazing

เปนนิยายอิงประวัติศาสตรทีเลาถึงนักวิทยาศาสตรระดับปูชนียบุคคลของเยอรมันสองคน คือนักคณิตศาสตร คารล ฟรีดิช เกาส และ อเลกซานเดอร ฟอน ฮุมโบลท ทังสองแตกตางกันมาก คนหนึงแทบไมออกจากบาน สวนอีกคนตะลุยไปทัวและโดงดังมากในการสำรวจอเมริกากลาง

มันเปนนิยายทีพูดถึงการสำรวจโลกในยุคทียังไมมีดาวเทียม ตัวเรืองเองตืนเตนเทียบเทานิยายผจญภัยชันดี ทังบรรยากาศของชุมชนชาวคริสตในปาดิบ หมอสอนศาสนากำยำและพกอาวุธ มนุษยกินคนผูสุภาพออนโยน และเหนืออืนใดทีทำใหนิยายเรืองนีสนุกมากคือบุคลิกและการฉายภาพดานปุถุชนอันนาขบขันของนักวิทยาศาส
Apr 14, 2015 Ints rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Par abiem slavenajiem zinātniekiem daudz jau bija lasīts iepriekš, un šķita, ka nekā jauna vairs neuzzināšu. Nedaudz baidīja, ka autors atražos jau simtiem reižu dzirdētus faktus un beigās nekā jauna tā arī nepateiks. Par slaveniem vīriem var rakstīt dažādi. Ja viņi pacenšas, tad paši uzraksta autobiogrāfiju. Daudz dod ieskats viņu korespondencēs ar citiem slaveniem vīriem. Tad seko biogrāfu bandas, kas visu augstāk minēto saliek pa plauktiņiem un pasniedz lasītājam slavenā cilvēka dzīvi kā uz p ...more
“Die Vermessung der Welt“ is incredibly funny. In an intelligent, refined and sophisticated way.

The story is a quite simple one: Parallelly told are the lives of two German 19th-century scientists, Alexander von Humboldt and Carl-Friedrich Gauß. And you do not need any particular scientific knowledge or interest to find the book appealing. On the other hand, the story itself is not the point, it never is (at least not to me). If I had to isolate the element from which the entire beauty of this n
Oct 07, 2007 Samuel rated it it was ok
Erzählt werden zwei Geschichten, zwei Lebensläufe. Der eine von Alexander Hum-boldt, der andere Carl Friedrich Gauß. Einfach gegen einandergeschnitten werden die Lebensentwürfe dieser beiden Wissenschaftler nebeneinander gesetzt. Der Weg zum Ziel – so wohl die Grundaussage – ist unterschiedlich. Während Gauß kaum etwas von der Welt sieht und sich jeder Veränderung verweigert, reist Humboldt durch die Welt, kein Berg zu hoch, kein Fluß zu breit.
Während Gauß sich den Freuden der Liebe hingibt (neb
Jul 03, 2014 linhtalinhtinh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Một cuốn sách thực sự thú vị về Alexander von Humboldt và Carl Friedrich Gauss. Tôi chẳng biết gì về hai nhà khoa học này, ngoại trừ Gaussian distribution phải học trong lớp toán ra. Daniel Kehlmann ném ta về thế kỷ 18, cố tưởng tượng ra những gì đã diễn ra trong hai bộ óc ấy. Chính xác hay không, dựa vào thực tế tới mức nào, tôi chịu, nhưng rõ ràng là có hấp dẫn. Một Gauss chỉ luẩn quẩn trong nước Phổ nhưng có thực là ông không chu du khắp thế gian này bằng bộ óc của mình? Một Humboldt say mê t ...more
سمارا البياتي
سيرة عالمين المانيين عاشا في عصر التنوير وساهما فيه بعلمها بقدر عظيم، احدهما كان من عائلة فقيرة واصبح رائدآ في علم الرياضيات والاخر رحالة نشأ في بيت نبلاء وتلقى دارسة وتربية على مستوى رفيع قام باستكشاف العالم الجديد من خلال دراسته للنباتات والجبال والطبيعة

هناك الكثير من المحتويات والحقائق العلمية المثيرة لللاهتمام وجديرة بالمعرفة.
German books that are hyped enough to get translated seem to have something in common. That something being that I don't enjoy them very much.

While I do believe that a meeting between Gauß and Humboldt could lead to an interesting book, and while I do know scientists that are so far removed from life that they're socially awkward, I don't think that focussing a book on the awkwardness of said scientists is a great idea.

Gauß, although annoying and arrogant, seems to have a grasp on what a normal
Sep 16, 2012 Laurenthompson rated it it was ok
Although I did not enjoy this book, Measuring the World had good intentions. This book portrays two brilliant minds of the 18th century, Alexander Humboldt and Carl Gauss.For Humboldt and Gauss their gift is also their curse. There brilliance isolates them from the world and all those in it. It is interesting to see the world from this point of view. To think that something like knowledge, which is a highly desired trait many wish to have, can actually be a curse. Though the author brings up thi ...more
Nov 28, 2011 Frederik rated it it was amazing
Acheté dans un magasin de livres d’occasion á Copenhague au mois d’avril 2011, je savais en avance un petit trésor m’attendait. Les deux génies allemands Gauss et Humboldt font des aventures incroyables dans une quête pour mesurer le monde dans l’un des livres les plus drôles que je n’ai jamais lues. Surtout la scène oú Gauss á l’âge de 8 ans donne une leçon á son professeur de math sadique est hilarant. - Qui avait dit que les allemands n’avaient pas de sens de l’humour ?

En outre, il est frapp
Pep Bonet
Aug 18, 2016 Pep Bonet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting. I discovered Kehlmann recently through a review in a Swiss journal and read Les Friedland (F. in German). was disappointed. It was nice, but I didn't get into it. Measuring the world is another type of book. Two strong personalities alternate in a story in which both German scientists only meet at a certain point and where two completely, radically different views on what measuring the world might mean: Gauss measuring from home without moving and von Humboldt travelling across ...more
Nguyễn Hoàng Vũ
Nội dung thú vị, giọng văn hài hước, và chân dung nhà toán học Gauss được xây dựng thật kinh hoàng. Có cảm giác tác giả ưu ái nhà thám hiểm Humboldt hơn. Đáng tiếc nhất là dịch giả đã dịch những đoạn văn liên quan đến toán học khá ngu (mà chả chịu hỏi ai). Đặc biệt là đoạn này: "Hơn hai nghìn năm qua người ta vẫn dùng thước và compa để vẽ hình tam giác và ngũ giác đều. Vẽ hình vuông hay hình có gấp đôi số góc của một đa giác thì dễ như ăn kẹo. Và nếu kết hợp một hình tam giác và một hình ngũ giá ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing
this book was a fine and immensely fascinating and satisfying read!
i read it in one setting last nite, even stayed up late to finish it! it's that kind of book! you learn a lot about living 200 years ago, when there were no dentists, only sailboats and berlin a small town with mostly huts and dirty streets! and at the same time you are entertained! this book was a mega-bestseller in germany, he has a new book coming out called "fame", which deals with the protection of privacy in parts! i have n
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Daniel Kehlmann is a German-Austrian author.

His novel Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages. Awards his work has received include the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heimito von Doderer Literature Award, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Kehlmann divides his time between Vienna and Berlin.
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“Wann immer einen die Dinge erschreckten, sei es eine gute Idee, sie zu messen.” 3 likes
“Inzwischen geht es ihm besser, manche Tage seien schon fieberfrei, auch die Träume, in denen er Baron Humboldt erwürge, zerhacke, erschieße, anzünde, vergifte oder unter Steinen begrabe, würden seltener.” 2 likes
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