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Now Reading: The Invention of Nature

Now reading: The Invention of Nature – Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf.

I grew up knowing Humboldt’s name; there is an avenue named after him in my hometown. Back then I knew he was what one may call a Natural Philosopher and avid explorer. What I did not know was that he is behind many of the ideas that permeate our thinking about ecology, environmental science and—in one word— nature.