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literary ambitions and achievements of Alexander von Humboldt.

Robert Van Dusen

literary ambitions and achievements of Alexander von Humboldt.

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Published by Herbert Lang in Bern, Frankfurt/M., Peter Lang .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Humboldt, Alexander von, -- 1769-1859.

  • Edition Notes

    Bibliography: p. 67.

    SeriesEuropean university papers. Series 1: German language and literature, v. 52, Europa ische Hochschulschriften -- Bd. 52.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsQ143.H9 V35, Q143.H9 V35
    The Physical Object
    Pagination67 p.
    Number of Pages67
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14104661M
    LC Control Number72182170

    Some facts and connections are easy to see, others are cryptic or obscured, others still are lost forever and cannot be traced. To him, climatology deals with all variations of atmosphere—temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, winds, purity and degree of visibility. During his expeditions in the Americas and Europe, he recorded and reported on magnetic declination. Alexander von Humboldt was offered a position in the Mexican cabinet but he refused. I confess, that the theory, which considers the veins as clefts filled from above with various substances, pleases me somewhat less now, than it did at that period; but these modes of intersection and driving aside, observed in the stony and metallic veins, do not the less merit the attention of travellers, as being one of the most general and constant of geological phenomena volume 5, p. Exhausted financial position forced him to go back to Berlin in

    As von Humboldt got older, he decided to write everything known about the earth. Earlier, he was much upset by the social inequities which he observed in Prussia, and now he was pained to see the deteriorating condition of the human race, vis- a-vis the slave trade in Cuba. He pored over the specimens in the natural history museum, went on geological excursions, collected marine animals from the shores of the Firth of Forth and engaged in scientific debates with some of the brightest and most competitive young naturalists in Europe. Fraser obtained permission to remain in Cuba and explore. We know from his notebooks that Darwin re-read the Personal narrative in and read volume 1 of Cosmos in Correspondencevol. As is well known, during those weeks Darwin was avidly studying the laissez-faire economics of Adam Smith, with its central idea that competition leads to improvement.

    In vol. On the basis of the temperature data he collected from different weather stations set up by the Tsar, Humboldt constructed the first world map of average temperature in which he used lines to connect points of equal temperature, called isotherms. The venerated naturalist wrote Darwin an extraordinarily long letter of appreciation in French; see Correspondencevol. Lyell convinced Darwin at an early stage in the Beagle voyage that given enough time the geological forces observable today could explain the entire known geological record.


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Would Varnhagen do him the kindness of a preliminary reading, kind but tough-minded? How can this haven, this view of Nature more or less rich, more or less pleasant, influence the mores and, primarily, the sensitivities of peoples?

Darwin came up at the beginning of to obtain a BA. The Humboldtian geography seems to reflect the Kantian concept of geography, but there is no evidence of Kant being quoted by Humboldt.

There are also footnotes in Ross e. Associated with the effect of hot land breezes in Africa, to the extent that we are familiar with it, is the lack of large rivers, of forests that exhale water vapor and create a cooling effect, and of high mountains.

Humboldt was one of the first to use the word 'formation' for such rock units, such as the Old Red Sandstone or the Chalk. Humboldt was also given a special passport to travel throughout New Spain and letters of introduction to intendants, the highest officials in New Spain's administrative districts intendancies.

Undoubtedly, Humboldt was the last of the great polymaths.

Introducing Humboldt's Cosmos

To Humboldt, the concept of unity of nature presumed a causal interrelation of all the individual features in nature. Other volumes were published and they focused on astronomy along with other topics that included human and earth interactions. Humboldt described man as a part of nature.

For him, it was axiomatic that the unity of nature included the organic as well as inorganic, human as well as non-human, material as well as immaterial. The Williams translation appeared in various editions over a fifteen year period from to Darwin thought Humboldt peerless; on entering the forests of Brazil Darwin wrote that Humboldt 'alone gives any notion of the feelings which are raised in the mind on first entering the Tropics' Correspondencevol.

Indeed, their expanse is so extraordinarily great that they are bordered on the north by palm groves, while their southern reaches are almost covered with eternal ice. In Cuba, he collected plant material and made extensive notes. Jefferson and his cabinet sought information from Humboldt when he visited Washington, D.

Views of nature;

He seems to have believed in the consanguinity i. However, the manner in which Humboldt analysed the differences in economic, social and political condition of different areas in relation to the differences in natural conditions was followed neither by economists or political scientists, but by geographers who made this form of regional study one of the functions of geography.

As a narrative, Cosmos is still being written. Natural sciences which include physical and biological sciences, according to him, were concerned with Earth phenomena— study the forms, construction and processes of individual animals, plants, solid objects or fossils and seek to arrange these in classes and families according to their internal analogies.

Had the Indians of the Americas migrated from Asia? In Darwin wrote to Wallace "I have always thought that Journals of this nature [i. Geography, or physical geography, dealt with the terrestrial part.

Its height appeared to us to be about 50 or 60 feet; its circumference near the roots is 45 feet. Later Years in Berlin Humboldt returned to Berlin in after his fortune was exhausted due to his many trips and reports that he self-published his works.Explorer, scientist, writer, and humanist, Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous intellectual of the age that began with Napoleon and ended with Darwin.

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