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Alexander Von Humboldt: A Metabiography

Rupke, Nicolaas a

Editore: Peter Lang Pub Inc, 2005
ISBN 10: 0820476935 / ISBN 13: 9780820476933
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Titolo: Alexander Von Humboldt: A Metabiography

Casa editrice: Peter Lang Pub Inc

Data di pubblicazione: 2005

Legatura: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Alexander von Humboldt is one of the most celebrated figures of late-modern science. In Germany, his renown has generated continuous biographical interest from late-Prussian times through the Empire Period, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the divided Germany of 1949 to 1990, to the reunified Germany of today. In this first metabiography of Humboldt, the author leads us through the twists and turns of German political history, stopping to point out the Humboldt identity that was created to match the moment, ultimately showing us not one Humboldt but many. As he makes clear, these diverse Humboldts tell us as much about the biographers as about Humboldt himself. One need only look behind a given Humboldt representation to identify the institutional and socio-political interests that engendered the Humboldt of any one epoch. Provoked by the post-modernist challenge to the practice and writing of history, Nicolaas A. Rupke examines how the partisan and polemical moments of Humboldt biography shed light on issues that command our attention in today's world. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0820476935

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Riassunto: Alexander von Humboldt (1769?1859) is one of the most celebrated figures of late-modern science, famous for his work in physical geography, botanical geography, and climatology, and his role as one of the first great popularizers of the sciences. His momentous accomplishments have intrigued German biographers from the Prussian era to the fall of the Berlin wall, all of whom configured and reconfigured Humboldt?s life according to the sensibilities of the day.
This volume, the first metabiography of the great scientist, traces Humboldt?s biographical identities through Germany?s collective past to shed light on the historical instability of our scientific heroes.
?Rupke?s study . . . will doubtless become a standard reference for the Humboldt industry and for writers of scientific metabiographies to come.?? Isis
?Engaging. . . . Rupke?s meticulous analysis is fascinating on many scores.?? Times Higher Education Supplement (UK)
?A study borne of considerable scholarship and one with important methodological implications for historians of geography.??Charles W. J. Withers, Progress in Human Geography    

L'autore: Nicolaas A. Rupke is professor of the history of science and director of the Institute for the History of Science at Göttingen, Germany. He is the author of several books, including Richard Owen: Victorian Naturalist.      

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