July 12, By Benjamin D.
Such books are rare pleasures. During his Latin American explorationsHumboldt was front page news in the West. He and his team climbed volcanoes, pressed plants, murdered fascinating new animal species, reset the coordinates, often grossly incorrect, for scores of cartographic features rivers, mountains, etc.
This was a time when his name was a byword for adventure on the lips of every schoolboy, even in the U. Afterward Humboldt returned to Europe, settling in Paris, where he wrote up his findings.
What resulted was a series of paradigm-smashing publications for both scientists and general readers. He is the first true naturalist as we understand that term today. It helped that Humboldt was a writer of startling clarity and concision.
Until then, it seems, writing for the masses was not considered a career-expanding opportunity by men of science. Author Andrea Wulf does not say why, but I think it probably had something to do with the presumed loss of reputation for so craven an act of moneymaking. Humboldt changed all that.
Sacks and Gould and countless other writers would become beneficiaries of his breakthrough. But his insight into the unplumbed market for science writing is secondary to his real achievement. Humboldt saw the full ecological impact of forests; therefore, he was the first to warn about deforestation.
He saw how greedy cash crops monoculturecleared needed forest, leeched the ground of minerals and emptied aquifers, thus touching the fates of countless animal species, including humans. They all read him.
Beagle with him and who later met his hero. A Prose Poem to him. Humboldt was almost certainly homosexual. He usually had some slender young man with him in the guise of assistant. His life was, in part, another bullet to the gizzard of that ridiculous fiction, the celibate bachelor.The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.
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Show in alphabetical order ome of the famous intellectuals in the West and the East had the. Henry David Thoreau (de son vrai nom David Henry Thoreau) est un philosophe, naturaliste et poète américain, né le 12 juillet à Concord (Massachusetts), où il est mort le 6 mai Son œuvre majeure, Walden ou la Vie dans les bois, est une réflexion sur l'économie, la nature et la vie simple menée à l'écart de la société, écrite lors d'une retraite dans une cabane qu'il s.
The Invention of Nature has 8, ratings and 1, reviews. Hadrian said: This is a charming book, which has one of the highest achievements of any biog.