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Read online L'invenzione della natura: Le avventure di Alexander von Humboldt, l'eroe perduto della scienza.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC L'invenzione della natura: Le avventure di Alexander von Humboldt, l'eroe perduto della scienza Descritto dai suoi contemporanei come l uomo pi famoso al mondo dopo Napoleone Alexander von Humboldt fu uno dei personaggi pi affascinanti e stimolanti del suo tempo Nato nel in una ricca famiglia aristocratica prussiana rinunci a una vita privilegiata per scoprire come funzionava il mondo I suoi viaggi e le sue esplorazioni in ogni angolo del globo ne plasmarono il pensiero e ne fecero un personaggio leggendario ammirato e citato come diretta influenza non solo da studiosi come Charles Darwin Henry David Thoreau Ralph Waldo Emerson e John Muir ma anche da letterati come Goethe Coleridge e Wordsworth Thomas Jefferson scrisse che Humboldt era tra i principali artefici della bellezza della sua epoca Tuttavia questo straordinaria personalit a cui dobbiamo il nostro stesso concetto di natura e l idea moderna di ambientalismo sembra oggi pressoch dimenticato e mentre il suo nome resiste ovunque piante animali fiumi e citt prendono il suo nome le sue opere prendono polvere sugli scaffali delle librerie Andrea Wulf acclamata storica e autrice di numerosi bestseller internazionali si immersa nelle opere nei diari e nei documenti personali di Humboldt ne ha seguito le tracce in tutto il mondo visitando gli stessi luoghi e scalando le stesse montagne per restituire a Humboldt con questo libro il posto che egli merita nel pantheon della natura e delle scienze i L invenzione della natura i anche un tentativo di capire come nato e come si formato il modo stesso in cui pensiamo il mondo by Andrea Wulf

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L'invenzione della natura: Le avventure di Alexander von Humboldt, l'eroe perduto della scienza
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From the author of the acclaimed i The Brother Gardeners i a fascinating look at the founding fathers from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners plantsmen and farmers br For the founding fathers gardening agriculture and botany were elemental passions as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating Andrea Wulf reveals for the first time this aspect of the revolutionary generation She describes how even as British ships gathered off Staten Island George Washington wrote his estate manager about the garden at Mount Vernon how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson s and John Adams s faith in their fledgling nation how a trip to the great botanist John Bartram s garden helped the delegates of the Constitutional Congress break their deadlock and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism These and other stories reveal a guiding but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution i br Founding Gardeners i adds depth and nuance to our understanding of the American experiment and provides us with a portrait of the founding fathers as they ve never before been seen, The acclaimed author of i Founding Gardeners i reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world and in the process created modern environmentalism Alexander von Humboldt was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age In North America his name still graces four counties thirteen towns a river parks bays lakes and mountains His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery whether he was climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax infected Siberia or translating his research into bestselling publications that changed science and thinking Among Humboldt s most revolutionary ideas was a radical vision of nature that it is a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone br br Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus his daring expeditions and investigation of wild environments around the world and his discoveries of similarities between climate and vegetation zones on different continents She also discusses his prediction of human induced climate change his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation and his relationships with iconic figures such as Sim n Bol var and Thomas Jefferson Wulf examines how Humboldt s writings inspired other naturalists and poets such as Darwin Wordsworth and Goethe and she makes the compelling case that it was Humboldt s influence that led John Muir to his ideas of natural preservation and that shaped Thoreau s i Walden i br br With this brilliantly researched and compellingly written book Andrea Wulf shows the myriad fundamental ways in which Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world and she champions a renewed interest in this vital and lost player in environmental history and science br br br b NATIONAL BEST SELLER b br br b Shortlist Costa Biography Award b br b Finalist Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction b br b Finalist Kirkus Reviews Prize for Nonfiction br A i Publishers Weekly i Best Book of the Year b br b New York Times Best Books b, The author of the highly acclaimed i Founding Gardeners i now gives us an enlightening chronicle of the first truly international scientific endeavor the eighteenth century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system br On June the world paused to observe a momentous occasion the first transit of Venus between the earth and the sun in more than a century Through that observation astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system but only if they could compile data from many different points of the globe all recorded during the short period of the transit Overcoming incredible odds and political strife astronomers from Britain France Russia Germany Sweden and the American colonies set up observatories in remote corners of the world only to have their efforts thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies Fortunately transits of Venus occur in pairs eight years later the scientists would have another opportunity to succeed br i Chasing Venus i brings to life the personalities of the eighteenth century astronomers who embarked upon this complex and essential scientific venture painting a vivid portrait of the collaborations the rivalries and the volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn In the end what they accomplished would change our conception of the universe and would forever alter the nature of scientific research, One January morning in cloth merchant Peter Collinson hurried down to the docks at London s Custom House to collect cargo just arrived from John Bartram his new contact in the American colonies But it was not reels of wool or bales of cotton that awaited him but plants and seeds br br Over the next forty years Bartram would send hundreds of American species to England where Collinson was one of a handful of men who would foster a national obsession and change the gardens of Britain forever introducing lustrous evergreens fiery autumn foliage and colourful shrubs They were men of wealth and taste but also of knowledge and experience like Philip Miller author of the bestselling b Gardeners Dictionary b i i and the i i Swede Carl Linnaeus whose standardised botanical nomenclature popularised botany as a genteel pastime for the middle classes and the botanist adventurer Joseph Banks and his colleague Daniel Solander who both explored the strange flora of Tahiti and Australia on the greatest voyage of discovery of modern times Captain Cook s i Endeavou i r br br This i i is the story of these men friends rivals enemies united by a passion for plants whose correspondence collaborations and squabbles make for a riveting human tale which is set against the backdrop of the emerging empire the uncharted world beyond and London as the capital of science From the scent of the exotic blooms in Tahiti and Botany Bay to the gardens at Chelsea and Kew and from the sounds and colours of the streets of the City to the staggering vistas of the Appalachian mountains b The Brother Gardeners b i i tells the story of how Britain became a nation of gardeners