History’s most daring scientist and explorer comes to life in this beautifully illustrated talk by Andrea Wulf.
Meet Alexander von Humboldt: the great lost scientist, visionary, thinker and daring explorer; the man who first predicted climate change, who has more things named after him than anyone else (including a sea on the moon), and who has inspired generations of writers, thinkers and revolutionaries . . .
In this thrilling talk, Humboldt’s biographer Andrea Wulf will retrace the steps of his fantastic journey around the rainforests, mountains and crocodile-infested rivers of South America when he was a young man. Travel with him to Venezuela, to Lake Valencia, the Llanos and the Orinocco, and follow him during his time in Cuba, Cartagena, Bogota and his one-year trek across the Andes, as he climbs the volcano Chimborazo, explores Inca monuments, and visits Washington D.C . to meet Thomas Jefferson and campaign for the abolition of slavery.
With encounters with indigenous peoples, missionaries, colonists and jaguars, and incorporating Humboldt’s own sketches, drawings and manuscripts, this is a thrilling adventure story of history’s most daring scientist.
Humboldt’s writing about his South American adventures inspired revolutions across the continent: Andrea Wulf will show you why.
Praise for Andrea Wulf’s The Invention of Nature:
‘A thrilling adventure story‘ – Bill Bryson
‘Gripping . . . No one who reads this brilliant book is likely to forget Humboldt‘ – New Scientist