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Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859)

Forfatter af Jaguars and Electric Eels

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Baron Alexander von Humboldt was born in Berlin, Germany. During his early school years, he studied such subjects as geology, biology, metallurgy, and mining, and his main interest was in nature and other lands. In 1796 Humboldt traveled to the German Alps, where he measured the atmospheric vis mere pressure, humidity, and oxygen content of the air. Shortly after, in 1799, he was granted permission by the Spanish king to explore Spain's mysterious holdings in the Americas. For the next five years, he and his companion, Aime Bonplaud, explored the region that is now Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico. While in the Andes, he fell prey to mountain sickness, which led him to become the first person to explain that the sickness was caused by a lack of oxygen. During these travels, he and Bonplaud collected 60,000 plant specimens; mapped the area; and studied its climates, bodies of water, wildlife, and minerals. The findings of this exhaustive adventure were published in a 23-volume series, Voyage de Humboldt et Bonplaud (1805--34). In 1829, at the invitation of the Russian government, Humboldt made an expedition to Russia and Siberia, categorizing, observing, and recording as he went. One of the results of this expedition was a 5-volume work, Kosmos (1845-62), in which he tried to combine the vague ideals of the eighteenth century with the exact scientific requirements of his own. Considered one of the founders of modern geography, Humboldt showed geographers that there was more to the study of geography than the shape of Earth and its regions. He gave them a system of geographic inquiry, he was the first to draw an isothermal map, studied tropical storms and volcanoes, and pioneered the field of terrestrial magnetism. Equally important, he was responsible for one of the first examples of international scientific cooperation, which led to the formation of a system of meteorological stations throughout Russia and Great Britain. During one of his many expeditions, he measured the temperature of the current with which his ship sailed from Lima, Peru, to Acapulco, Mexico. Later this current was named the Humboldt Current in his honor. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Alexander von Humboldt

Jaguars and Electric Eels (2007) 170 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Ansichten der Natur (1986) — Forfatter — 136 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Cosmos: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe (1997) — Forfatter — 132 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Political essay on the kingdom of New Spain (1811) 45 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Selected Writings (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) (2018) 44 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Essay on the Geography of Plants (2010) 24 eksemplarer
Die Reise nach Südamerika (2002) 17 eksemplarer
Views of Nature (2011) 15 eksemplarer
Das graphische Gesamtwerk (2014) 12 eksemplarer
Die Wiederentdeckung Amerikas (1979) 5 eksemplarer
Breviario del Nuevo Mundo (2014) 4 eksemplarer
All Quiet on the Western Front (2018) 4 eksemplarer
Works of Alexander von Humboldt (2013) 3 eksemplarer
Das große Lesebuch (2009) 3 eksemplarer
Das zeichnerische Werk (2019) 3 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Humboldt's Travels 1 eksemplar
1 1 eksemplar
Kleinere Schriften 1 eksemplar
L'Amérique espagnole en 1800 (1994) 1 eksemplar
Humboldtiana 1 eksemplar
Südamerikanische Reise (1975) 1 eksemplar
Els papers de HUMBOLDT (2020) 1 eksemplar
Kosmos. Band 4 1 eksemplar
Kosmos. Band 2 1 eksemplar
Kosmos. Band 1 1 eksemplar
Auf dem Orinoko — Forfatter — 1 eksemplar
Correspondance : 1805-1858 (2004) 1 eksemplar
Resa till Sydamerika (1998) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places (1991) — Bidragyder — 178 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Classic Travel Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 62 eksemplarer
The Book of the Sea (1954) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer
The liberal tradition in European thought (1971) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver17 eksemplarer
Terra Brasilis: die Entdeckung einer neuen Welt (2013) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Alejandro de Humboldt. Novela histórico-biográfica (2006) — Associated Name — 3 eksemplarer

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I’ve come to love nonfiction works from authors who’ve trekked the world thanks. So I couldn’t miss this book written about the author’s journey through Venezuela from 1798-1804. He was a naturalist so he includes many in-depth descriptions of plants and animals, landscapes and people. He was obviously extremely knowledgeable and tough to be able to deal with the harsh terrains of all sorts. He was sensitive to the plight of slaves, but less sensitive to some tribes he labeled lazy. But he was fair, too, identifying the good, the bad, the ugly, and the lovely (and sometimes the crazy) about all the people he encountered. One obviously native man insisted he was white and held himself out as so pretentious it was quite comical. Sometimes a bit boring, but overall this was a fascinating peak at a world far distant from our own.… (mere)
KarenMonsen | 4 andre anmeldelser | May 9, 2024 |
Tela editorial sin sobrecubierta. Guardas decoradas.
2ª Edición. Catálogo de la colección "Libros de Viaje".
Sello de papel de Librería Fontibre (Zaragoza)
Buen estado.
Accitanus | May 4, 2023 |
Naturalist-explorer von Humboldt makes his way through often uncharted territory in Venezuela of 1800. He muses on the different plant species- so similar, and yet not identical- to those on other side of the world; encounters piranhas, capybaras, jaguars... (I was mystified by an account of a near-miss with a 'tiger' , given the author's expertise on animals, that he had already referred to jaguars, and that I can find no record of tigers in Venezuela...)and sees stunning scenery.
The locals are Indians of various tribe;, blacks- slaves and freed- and European settlers.
Interesting account.
… (mere)
starbox | 4 andre anmeldelser | Feb 11, 2020 |



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