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Cosmos : Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe - Alexander von Humboldt

Cosmos

Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe

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Published: 29th July 2010
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Polymath Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), a self-described 'scientific traveller', was one of the most respected scientists of his time. Humboldt's wanderlust led him across Europe and to South America, Mexico, the U.S. and Russia, and his voyages and observations resulted in the discovery of many species previously unknown to Europeans. Originating as lectures delivered in Berlin and Paris (1827-1828), his two-volume Cosmos: Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe (1845-1860) represented the culmination of his lifelong interest in understanding the physical world. As Humboldt writes, 'I ever desired to discern physical phenomena in their widest mutual connection, and to comprehend Nature as a whole, animated and moved by inward forces'. Volume 1 explains celestial and terrestrial phenomena, while Volume 2, demonstrating Humboldt's interest in representations of the natural world, examines poetic descriptions of nature, landscape painting, and how the physical universe was comprehended through history.

Incitements to the study of nature; 1. Poetic descriptions of nature; 2. Landscape painting; 3. Culture of characteristic exotic plants; 4. History of the physical contemplation of the universe; Notes; Index.

ISBN: 9781108013642
ISBN-10: 1108013643
Series: Cosmos 2 Volume Paperback Set : Book 2
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 514
Published: 29th July 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.65