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The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America

Laura Dassow Walls


Explorer, scientist, writer, and humanist, Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous intellectual of the age that began with Napoleon and ended with Darwin. With Cosmos, the book that crowned his career, he offered to the world his vision of humans and nature as integrated halves of a single whole. Humboldt's science laid the foundations for ecology and inspired the theories of his most important scientific disciple, Charles Darwin. In the United States, his ideas shaped the work of Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, and Whitman, and helped spark the American environmental movement through followers such ... More

Keywords: Alexander von Humboldt, Cosmos, Charles Darwin, ecology, environmental movement, America, nature, cosmopolitanism, explorer, scientist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226871820
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226871844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Dassow Walls, author