The Invention of Nature

Aug 22, 2017

 

Tuesday, we’re telling the story of the incredible life and work of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. At the turn of the 19th century, Humboldt trekked across Latin America, exploring rain forests, mapping rivers, and climbing volcanoes. The journey led him to a groundbreaking vision of nature and a prediction of human-induced climate change. Doug’s guest is historian Andrea Wulf, whose new book combines biography and science to remember the man she calls the father of the environmental movement. (Rebroadcast)

Andrea Wulf's writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. She's the author of Founding GardenersThe Brother GardenersChasing Venus, and, most recently, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humblodt's New World [Amazon|Indiebound].