April 1, 2018 at 9:45 pm

Darwin Lecture | Andrea Wulf on The Invention of Nature, April 10

Andrea Wulf, portrait

Andrea Wulf

The 2018 Darwin Lecture Series presents Andrea Wulf discussing ” The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science” on Tuesday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Ballroom.

The lecture is sponsored by the Ohio Center for Ecology & Evolutionary Studies.

Wulf, full-time writer, trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art in London, according to her website.

Wulf is the author of  five acclaimed books, including The Brother Gardeners, Chasing Venus and Founding Gardeners. She is a co-author of This Other Eden. Her latest book The Invention of Nature has received rave reviews and awards – and is a New York Times bestseller. She has written for New York Times, the Atlantic, the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times and the Guardian and many others. She has lectured across the world – from the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Society in London to Monticello and the New York Public Library in the United States.

Abstract for The Invention of Nature: Come revel in the extraordinary life of the visionary scientist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Humboldt was the most celebrated scientist of his age yet he is almost forgotten today. This world traveling German naturalist introduced the world to integrative science, world climate patterns, biomes, biogeography, the global forces of nature, habitat change, and warned of human-induced climate change. Humboldt’s writings were a global literary phenomenon and inspired great thinkers, writers, scientists, and poets alike from Darwin and Lyell to Thoreau and Goethe to Jefferson and Muir. Andrea Wulf will trace Humboldt’s influences on evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature as she brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.

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