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"Long awaited by Humboldtians, this illuminating new edition of "Views of Nature"--offering not just vivid natural scenes ('views' in the most obvious sense) but also von Humboldt's still-fresh views on the" significance" of nature and its study--is a gift that transcends disciplines and even history. A book that was deeply relevant and constructively challenging in the age of empire has become even more necessary in the age of climate change. Today, thanks in part to the acutely sensitive translator and editors, von Humboldt's finest one-volume work comes across as a perfect blend of art and science, a paean to interconnection that is both humbling and heartening."--Aaron Sachs, Cornell University "author of "The Humboldt Current" "

"Alexander von Humboldt's wide-ranging "Views of Nature" is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century natural history, at once science and art. Mark W. Person's stunning new translation makes the wonders of this classic accessible to the English-language world of the present."--Daniel Walker Howe "author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "What Hath God Wrought" "

"Ever since his celebrated journey of exploration of the Americas, Alexander von Humboldt has been a defining figure of Western scientific culture. Today, his international reputation is enjoying a revival, especially in North America. Now the University of Chicago Press is adding to its list of Humboldtiana a new edition of von Humboldt's most readable book, "Views of Nature," skillfully translated from the original German and expertly introduced. It opens up to a twenty-first-century readership the magnificent panorama of tropical American landscapes, the aesthetic pleasure of which connoted--in von Humboldt's view--the underlying harmony of lawlike unity that pervades the cosmos."--Nicolaas Rupke, Washington and Lee University "author of "Alexander von Humboldt: A Metabiography" "

"From the plains of Venezuela to volcanoes and waterfalls, von Humboldt combines observations with travel narratives and philosophical musings. Annotations really help provide a context to the essays; this work also includes an index, conversions for von Humboldt's various measurement units, an introduction, and preface. This excellent translation of one of von Humboldt's most important works should introduce this great naturalist to an entirely new audience."--Edward J. Valauskas, Curator of Rare Books, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden "Current Books on Gardening and Botany "

"Despite von Humboldt's tremendous influence on many of the world's greatest writers and naturalists, including Goethe, Darwin, Emerson, and Thoreau, outside of specialist circles, this new translation has not received the attention it richly deserves. This is something I intend to do my part in helping to rectify at the earliest opportunity."--John E. Riutta "Well-read Naturalist "

Despite von Humboldt s tremendous influence on many of the world s greatest writers and naturalists, including Goethe, Darwin, Emerson, and Thoreau, outside of specialist circles, this new translation has not received the attention it richly deserves. This is something I intend to do my part in helping to rectify at the earliest opportunity. --John E. Riutta "Well-read Naturalist ""

From the plains of Venezuela to volcanoes and waterfalls, von Humboldt combines observations with travel narratives and philosophical musings. Annotations really help provide a context to the essays; this work also includes an index, conversions for von Humboldt s various measurement units, an introduction, and preface. This excellent translation of one of von Humboldt s most important works should introduce this great naturalist to an entirely new audience. --Edward J. Valauskas, Curator of Rare Books, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden "Current Books on Gardening and Botany ""

Long awaited by Humboldtians, this illuminating new edition of "Views of Nature" offering not just vivid natural scenes ( views in the most obvious sense) but also von Humboldt s still-fresh views on the" significance" of nature and its study is a gift that transcends disciplines and even history.A book that was deeply relevant and constructively challenging in the age of empire has become even more necessary in the age of climate change. Today, thanks in part to the acutely sensitive translator and editors, von Humboldt s finest one-volume work comes across as a perfect blend of art and science, a paean to interconnection that is both humbling and heartening. --Aaron Sachs, Cornell University "author of "The Humboldt Current" ""

Alexander von Humboldt s wide-ranging "Views of Nature" is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century natural history, at once science and art. Mark W. Person s stunning new translation makes the wonders of this classic accessible to the English-language world of the present. --Daniel Walker Howe "author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "What Hath God Wrought" ""

Ever since his celebrated journey of exploration of the Americas, Alexander von Humboldt has been a defining figure of Western scientific culture. Today, his international reputation is enjoying a revival, especially in North America. Now the University of Chicago Press is adding to its list of Humboldtiana a new edition of von Humboldt s most readable book, "Views of Nature," skillfully translated from the original German and expertly introduced. It opens up to a twenty-first-century readership the magnificent panorama of tropical American landscapes, the aesthetic pleasure of which connoted in von Humboldt s view the underlying harmony of lawlike unity that pervades the cosmos. --Nicolaas Rupke, Washington and Lee University "author of "Alexander von Humboldt: A Metabiography" ""

About the Author

Stephen T. Jackson is professor emeritus of botany and ecology at the University of Wyoming. He lives in Tucson, AZ. Laura Dassow Walls is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Granger, IN. Mark W. Person is associate academic professional lecturer in German in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and director of the language lab at the University of Wyoming. He lives in Laramie, WY.


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HASH(0x9a43ad8c) out of 5 stars Genius Uncovered 23 Feb. 2016
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Humboldt is a forgotten genius of the first magnitude. He is a delightful read and this is a fine excerpt of his writings. He inspired Darwin, John Muir, Thoreau and many others, but has been eclipsed by time. He was also the inventor of ecology and enviornmentalism and isotherms, which are still being used. A worthwhile read.
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HASH(0x8f147a98) out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book with a superlative translation 21 Jun. 2016
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This is a wonderful book with a superlative translation. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read Humboldt's writing to give a true feeling of the man and his vision.
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HASH(0x8f461eb8) out of 5 stars A must read 4 April 2016
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