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A Longing for Wide and Unknown Things: The Life of Alexander von Humboldt

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Alexander von Humboldt was the most admired scientist of his day. But the achievements for which he was most celebrated in his lifetime always fell short of perfection. When he climbed the Chimborazo, then believed to be the highest mountain in the world, he did not quite reach the top; he established the existence of the Casiquiare canal, between the great water systems of the Orinoco and the Amazon, but this had been well known to local people; and his magisterial work, Cosmos, was left unfinished. This was no coincidence ...

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A Longing for Wide and Unknown Things: The Life of Alexander von Humboldt
2018, C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9781849048903

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