Cosmos: Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe (Paperback)

Cosmos: Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe By Alexander Von Humboldt, Edward Sabine (Editor) Cover Image

Cosmos: Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe (Paperback)

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Polymath Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), a self-described 'scientific traveller', was one of the most respected scientists of his time. Humboldt's wanderlust led him across Europe and to South America, Mexico, the U.S., and Russia, and his voyages and observations resulted in the discovery of many species previously unknown to Europeans. Originating as lectures delivered in Berlin and Paris (1827-1828), his multi-volume Cosmos: Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe (1845-1860) represented the culmination of his lifelong interest in understanding the physical world. As Humboldt writes, 'I ever desired to discern physical phenomena in their widest mutual connection, and to comprehend Nature as a whole, animated and moved by inward forces.' Volume 1 (1846) investigates celestial and terrestrial phenomena, from nebulae to the temperature of the earth, as well as 'organic life'. Throughout, he stresses the method of, and limits to, describing the universe's physical nature.
Product Details ISBN: 9781108013635
ISBN-10: 1108013635
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: June 10th, 2010
Pages: 498
Language: English
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences