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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

RAI Live
Andrea Wulf, Yadvinder Malhi, Eduardo Posada-Carbó
Rothermere American Institute
1A South Parks Road
Lectures and seminars
Not required

Andrea Wulf's 'The Invention of Nature' (John Murray, 2015) reveals the profound influence of German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) on the way we understand nature today. His achievements almost forgotten, his name still lingers everywhere, from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Charles Darwin thought him "the greatest scientific traveller who ever lived", while to Simón Bolívar he was "the real discoverer of South America…since his work was more useful for our people than the work of all conquerors".
RAI Live is a series designed to foster exchange between audiences which might not otherwise meet. The session will feature a reading from Wulf’s Costa Biography Award-winning study of Alexander von Humboldt, followed by discussion with Yadvinder Malhi (Professor of Ecosystem Science) and Eduardo Posada-Carbó (Professor of the History and Politics of Latin America).