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Er war ein weit gereister Universalgelehrter, in der ganzen Welt bekannt und bewundert. Ein Frauenschwarm, bei dem auch Männer glänzende Augen bekamen. Zu seinen Verehrern zählten Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ebenso wie Edgar Allan Poe, und zu seinen Vorlesungen pilgerte begeistert ganz Berlin, vom einfachen Arbeiter bis zum preußischen König. Als Forscher und als Denker wa ...more
Hardcover, 941 pages
Published 2004 by Eichborn (first published 1862)
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May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just recently become acquainted with the work of a remarkable man, Alexander von Humboldt, about whom I was almost completely ignorant; knowing only that the cold ocean current that runs north from Antarctica along the west coast of South America is named for him. My initial discovery came from Andrea Wulf's wonderful book The Invention of Nature - Alexander von Humboldt's New World previously reviewed. I was so impressed with his story, I wanted to read the man's words for myself.

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Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've always been an avid reader of science popularizations, and I've read many especially in the past two years; so eventually I had to go back to one of the first, the most comprehensive, and certainly the most successful popularizations of all time -- Alexander von Humboldt's Kosmos. This book is a summary of early nineteenth century science. After an introductory section giving von Humboldt's conception of science and explaining what he intends to cover and what he wants to accomplish -- not ...more
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Dec 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hervorragender Reprint dieses Klassikers von Alexander von Humboldts aus dem 19. Jahrhunderts.
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Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt was a German naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher, and linguist, Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835). Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography was foundational to the field of biogeography.

Between 1799 and 1804, Humboldt traveled extensively in Latin America, exploring and describin
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