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Die Vermessung der Welt

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Mit hintergründigem Humor schildert Daniel Kehlmann das Leben zweier Genies: Alexander von Humboldt und Carl Friedrich Gauß. Er beschreibt ihre Sehnsüchte und Schwächen, ihre Gratwanderung zwischen Lächerlichkeit und Größe, Scheitern und Erfolg. Ein philosophischer Abenteuerroman von seltener Phantasie, Kraft und Brillanz.
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published 2005 by Büchergilde Gutenberg
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Lisa
"I want to explore the world!"

That is a quite common answer if you ask a group of motivated preteen students what they want to do when they grow up. Hungry little caterpillars, they eat their way through a mixed diet of knowledge and skills over the course of their education before entering the strange teenage cocoon stage when they can't be bothered with anything but their own physical and social development.

As a teacher, you look at all these potential explorers, and their diverse approaches
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Die Vermessung der Welt = Measuring the World, Daniel Kehlmann
Measuring the World is a novel by German author Daniel Kehlmann, 2005 published by Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek. The novel re-imagines the lives of German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and German geographer Alexander von Humboldt—who was accompanied on his journeys by Aimé Bonpland—and their many groundbreaking ways of taking the world's measure, as well as Humboldt's and Bonpland's travels in America and their meeting in 1828. One su
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BrokenTune
"It was both odd and injust, said Gauss, a real example of the pitiful arbitrariness of existence, that you were born into a particular time and held prisoner there whether you wanted it or not. It gave you an indecent advantage over the past and made you a clown vis-a-vis the future."

I'm not sure what to make of this one: I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. It certainly was not what I expected.

I do admire Kehlmann for trying a different angle on a historical novel about two eminent characters i
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Gypsy
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."

Alexandra
Ein wunderschöner Roman über Gauß und Humboldt, der einem die Zeit der großen Dichter und Denker näherbringt und den eigentlich leeren Namen deutscher Genies aus dem Geschichtsunterricht wie Humboldt, Gauß, Kant, Goethe... Leben einhaucht und sie sehr sehr menschlich macht.
Oceana2602
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
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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
Nicola
Dec 28, 2016 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Bill Bryson fan so I'm used to reading about the quirky characters that history throws up; men (and sometimes women) of vast and fascinating eccentricity, whose contribution to science and progress is given that extra soupçon of interest by their delightful battiness.

In Measuring the World we have exhibit A: Alexander von Humbold - a Prussian aristocrat with rampant OCD, determined to measure everything around him in an effort to quantify and so, understand, the world.

and exhibit B: Carl
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Shovelmonkey1
May 23, 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
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jetzt weiß ich wieder, warum ich es noch nie zu Ende gelesen hatte. merkwürdiger inhalt, alles auseinander gerissen. kein wirklicher Anfang und kein wirkliches Ende und ständige Zeitsprünge, was nicht mal gesagt wird. wenn man es nicht merkt, Pech. dazu keine wörtliche Rede. naja es wird immer mehr, was nicht so toll ist.
aber ich bin stolz auf mich. ich habe es endlich geschafft zu beenden.
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 03, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010)
Shelves: 1001-non-core
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
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Maria Clara
Es una buena lectura. Realmente he disfrutado leyendo la historia de estos dos genios. Por un lado tenemos al gruñón de Gauss, que me ha hecho entender mejor la mentalidad de un genio: las "pausas" que la gente normal utilizamos antes de contestar y que a él exaspera; el cómo cualquier cosa puede ser la respuesta o la pregunta de una incógnita; el hecho de que viva en una burbuja donde sólo es capaz de ver números, ni personas ni sentimientos. También he disfrutado con las aventuras de Thumboldt ...more
Haman
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
Wolfgang
Jan 23, 2016 Wolfgang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nach so langer Zeit, endlich gelesen. Es ist so viel geschrieben worden ueber Kehlmanns "Meisterwerk". Na ja, vom Stuhl gerissen hat es mich am Ende doch nicht so.

Wie vielerorts besser beschrieben, geht es um eine, sehr launig geschriebene Doppel-Biografie von Gauss und Alexander Humboldt. Der eine erforscht die externe Welt und wird extrem berühmt als Erforscher Süd-Amerikas. Der andere ist Mathematiker, Physiker und letztlich hat er doch auch als Vermesser begonnen. Beide werden ineffektiv im
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Friederike Knabe
Sep 13, 2015 Friederike Knabe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael
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
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Elahe
Mar 21, 2014 Elahe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Maike
Mar 23, 2017 Maike added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uni
Alexander von Humboldt ist in meiner Lesart ace und homoromantisch und niemand bringt mich davon ab.
(Und gnihihi für den Cameo-Auftritt von Präsident Thomas Jefferson... und nur dank Hamilton konnte ich die Handlung zeitlich einordnen.)
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
Sandra
Sep 02, 2012 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
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
Bastet
Empieza muy bien, pero hacia la mitad se desinfla y el interés decae. El subtítulo (Un fascinante encuentro entre la literatura y la ciencia) es engañoso: no hay nada de literatura en las expediciones científicas de Humboldt y Gauss que se describen en esta obra, al menos yo no la he encontrado. La traducción tiene algún que otro lapsus, como traducir "gran sacerdote" en lugar de "sumo sacerdote". La corrección y la edición están bastante descuidadas: baile de letras en "cadetráticos" (por "cate ...more
David
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.
Anastasia
Jan 14, 2013 Anastasia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Daren
I don't read a lot of fiction, but this is fictionalised - and appears to contain a lot of fact related to the travel and the science (and mathematics) of the two central characters - Alexander von Humboldt & Carl Friedrich Gauss. Both German, and contemporary, it is not clear to me if they ever met or were colleagues / friends, as they are in this book.

Both fascinating men, but very different in their approach to their fields. Humboldt embodies inductive science - based on observation and e
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Austin
Apr 22, 2012 Austin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Desiree
Jul 26, 2007 Desiree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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."
پگاه
Dec 25, 2013 پگاه rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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آخرین کتاب بود تا 21 خرداد ...
Sevim Soy
Mar 03, 2017 Sevim Soy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fazlasıyla dolu bir kitap... Mesleğime yönelik fazlaca bilgi edindim. Matematik ,fizik ve ölçme konularında ilgili olanlara şiddetle tavsiye ederim.
Nakwan sriaru
Jan 12, 2016 Nakwan sriaru rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

มันเปนนิยายทีพูดถึงการสำรวจโลกในยุคทียังไมมีดาวเทียม ตัวเรืองเองตืนเตนเทียบเทานิยายผจญภัยชันดี ทังบรรยากาศของชุมชนชาวคริสตในปาดิบ หมอสอนศาสนากำยำและพกอาวุธ มนุษยกินคนผูสุภาพออนโยน และเหนืออืนใดทีทำใหนิยายเรืองนีสนุกมากคือบุคลิกและการฉายภาพดานปุถุชนอันนาขบขันของนักวิทยาศาส
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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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“Whenever things were frightening, it was a good idea to measure them.” 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.” 3 likes
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