The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf reveals in her new book, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Humboldt was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. Wulf traces Humboldt’s influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature. In The Invention of Nature, Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life. This event is free for members, $20 for non-members. There will be a reception at 5:30pm. Sponsored by The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.