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Measuring the World has proved nothing less than a literary sensation... the novel has sold more than 600,000 copies in Germany, knocking J K Rowling and Dan Brown off the bestseller lists ... it is the most successful German novel since Patrick Suskind's Perfume ... 31-year-old Daniel Kehlmann is a literary wunderkind already being compared to Nabokov and Proust' Guardian (Guardian)
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Daniel Kehlmann's Measuring the World announces the arrival of a new generation...Kehlmann is a master of irony ... already a figure of European stature...(he) has it in him to be the great German novelist that the world had given up waiting for - Sunday Telegraph
...a dazzling success ... fantastically imagined...there's an energy and enthusiasm about this book that is so refreshing and true to the spirit of the time in which Humboldt and Gauss lived - Daily Telegraph
The novel belies the German reputation for humourlessness and the author very much plays it for laughs without demeaning his protagonists. What he conveys so well is the presence of two extraordinary personalities...It is a delightful read - Literary Review
A historical novel that handles facts with the delight of a wide-eyed child handling exaggerated fictions. With a boundless sense of fun and an impressive command of his subject, he explores scientific and metaphorical ideas of opposites, parallels and distances, and wonders - against the backdrop of the universe - what their ultimate significance could be .... A deceptively clever novel - understated and boldly ambitious in its scope - The Observer
Kehlmann brings to life the intellectual world both men inhabit with a dazzling combination of wry humour and humane observation... Kehlmann doesn't just illuminate the lives of these two men, he captures the wondrous nature of the universe through the prism of uncompromising intellectual ideas - MetroSee all Product Description
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'Measuring the world' captures this era in a beautiful manner, by contrasting two of its giants: the explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859) and the mathematician Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855). In many ways, two people couldn't be further apart: Gauss was a child prodigy of humble birth (his father wanted him to become a mason as he himself was), Humboldt the younger of two sons in a prominent Pomeranian family (his father was a major in the Prussian army). Gauss was by all accounts a difficult man to live with: a perfectionist, having difficulties establishing relations with other people (including his own children), impatient and restless. By contrast, Humboldt was ever sociable and friendly, the epitome of the gentleman-explorer, used to moving in the highest circles. Humboldt traversed the globe, Gauss explored the world (the universe rather) sitting behind his desk...
And yet, in a bizarre way, as Kehlmann demonstrates in this splendid book, both men (or rather: his fictionalized versions of them) are as different sides of the same coin, and are ultimately 'mere men', as we all are.Read more ›
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An enjoyable historical novel, mainly about the characters of the two men - Humbolt and Gauss - who each seem to have been insufferable in their own way. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jezza
Confusing! Very difficult to care about the two main protagonists, unless you are familiar with these two German ground breaking scientists. Read morePublished 23 months ago by CMickell
This was recommended by my German aunt who had read the original German version and loved it. The title does not prepare you for what is an exciting and action packed book. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Here is a book about two German scientists in the 19th century. While the names Gauss and Humboldt may be familiar to many, I for one would struggle to embellish the barest of... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2013 by Timothy J Counihan
"Measuring the World" is a hilarious and wonderfully written novel about two German scientists in the 19th century. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by Paul Grass
I read this a six weeks or so ago and it was pretty good though a bit jumpy. Not much of it has stayed.Published on 10 May 2013 by debbie golding
Not sure if this book was fiction, fact or a skillful blend of both but as a keen reader of biographies and of science novels I really enjoyed the story of two great scientists and... Read morePublished on 1 May 2013 by Malcolm Evans