David Blackbourn: Humboldt, 16 June 2011
Show More Nature’s Interpreter: The Life and Times of Alexander von Humboldt by Donald McCrory.
Lutterworth, 242 pp., £23, November 2010, 978 0 7188 9231 9Show More
“... Alexander von Humboldt was once called the last man who knew everything, the last generalist before an age of specialisation definitively set in. His work ranged across geography, geology, mineralogy, botany, zoology, climatology, chemistry, astronomy, demography, ethnography and political economy. When he died in 1859, at the age of 89, he enjoyed cult status as a scientific hero and genius ...”