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The Incredible yet True Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt

The Greatest Inventor-Naturalist-Scientist-Explorer Who Ever Lived

By Volker Mehnert

Illustrated by Claudia Lieb

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Age range
8 - 12
Published By
The Experiment
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Number Of Pages
112
Publication Date
September 03, 2019
ISBN
9781615196319

The Incredible yet True Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt

The Greatest Inventor-Naturalist-Scientist-Explorer Who Ever Lived

By Volker Mehnert

Illustrated by Claudia Lieb

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This beautifully illustrated biography of a pivotal early scientist will captivate the inner adventurer in children and adults alike

Explorer. Scientist. Polymath. Hero. In his day, Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was among the most renowned scholars of the Enlightenment. He led pioneering expeditions in Central and South America (including the Amazon rainforest) as well as in Siberia, and he arguably founded the natural sciences as we know them. Charles Darwin called Humboldt “the greatest scientific traveler who ever lived,” and credited him with inspiring the journey that resulted in On the Origin of Species. And yet, in history books, Humboldt has been eclipsed by his intellectual heirs and admirers—such as Darwin himself, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau—until now.

This captivating, richly illustrated narrative biography for kids will whisk away readers young and old, and inspire them to see the world through the eyes of one of the greatest early scientists.

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Review quotes

“So much more than the biography of a great man . . . it shows the diversity of the world, in all its facets, and how that needs to be protected.”—German Academy for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

“Great illustrations. A work for the whole family.”—Ute Wegmann, Deutschlandfunk, The Best 7

“Claudia Lieb is unbelievable in condensing atmospheres. When she shows Humboldt in the tropical rainforest, he runs through the picture with his giant telescope on a tripod in his hand, and is surrounded by an overgrowing green . . . Beautifully done.”—Susanne Billig, Deutschlandfunk Kultur

“You will be drawn into this reading adventure from place to place, and you will inevitably consider yourself Humboldt’s personal traveling companion, and like to start your own journey to new shores.”—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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Product details

Age range
8 - 12
Published By
The Experiment
Categories
Number Of Pages
112
Publication Date
September 03, 2019
ISBN
9781615196319

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