The Invention of Nature

Andrea Wulf introduces us to one of the greatest ‘lost’ scientists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as we trace the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt. A prolific geographer, naturalist and explorer, Von Humboldt’s work has helped to influence the way we see nature today.


In this biography Wulf traces the life and legacy of Humboldt and maps his travels across the globe, reminding us of his huge contribution to our understanding of nature and ecology.


Largely eclipsed by his predecessor Charles Darwin, this book is the perfect introduction to one of the greatest minds to have contributed to science. Follow Humboldt on an adventure as you travel with him over mountains and across plains, to see how he formulated some of the most important theories of the era. 

  • by Andrea Wulf
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • winner of Costa Biography Award 2015 
  • finalist Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction 2016
  • suitable for adults
  • paperback
  • 496 pages
  • 16.8x3.2x20cm
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