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Andrea Wulf Presents: The Invention of Nature


Presentation and book signing of New York Times Bestseller, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World.

"The Invention of Nature", written by Andrea Wulf, reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world, paddling down the Orinoco or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt discovered similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth and Goethe but also politicians such as Jefferson. In The Invention of Nature, Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.

Event Sponsored by: The Mobile County Commission, Mobile Botanical Gardens, USA Stokes Center for Creative Writing, the Mobile and Baldwin County Master Gardeners, and anonymous donors.

This event is part of the Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series.

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