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Alexander von Humboldt (1769)

A German naturalist and explorer, Humboldt traveled extensively and made observations and discoveries too numerous to count. Among other things, he discovered the connection between the Amazon and Orinoco river systems, surmised that lack of oxygen causes altitude sickness, studied the ocean current off the western coast of South America that was known for a time as the Humboldt Current, and added to an understanding of the development of the Earth's crust. To what did he devote his final years? More...
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Alexander von Humboldt & Thomas Jefferson = Homeboys
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Dialectrum wrote:
Alexander von Humboldt & Thomas Jefferson = Homeboys

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An old Norse runic verse reads:
Brøðr vaRu
þæiR bæstra manna,
a landi
ok i liði uti
(The brothers were the best of men in the land and abroad in the retinue).

Humboldt brothers always remind me of this inscription. Of course, they were no warriors, but they were very prominent figures in the history of science. I have always enjoyed reading linguistic works of Wilhelm von Humboldt (although I do not always share his philosophical approach to the Language and linguistics).
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So many marvellous achievements across a broad range of disciplines.


When you make an assumption, you make an ass of u & umption! - NeuroticHellFem
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From a letter written by Humboldt in 1834

"I have the crazy notion to depict in a single work the entire material universe, all that we know of the phenomena of heaven and earth, from the nebulae of stars to the geography of mosses and granite rocks--and in a vivid style that will stimulate and elicit feelings. Every great and important idea in my writing should here be registered side by side with facts. It should portray an epoch in the spiritual genesis of mankind—in knowledge of nature. But is is not to be taken as a physical description of the earth: it comprises heaven and earth, the whole of creation."

Humboldt began to write his final masterpiece, Cosmos. It was a monumental project that was a race against death. Volume one appeared in 1845, at age 76. Additional volumes came out every few years. Volume five was half finished at his death in 1859. Cosmos was much more than an encyclopedia; it was a unification of all natural and human phenomena backed up by detailed factual observations. It was an instant success, quickly translated into many languages from its original German. A contemporary English version is more than 2000 pages. It was the last great work of the last great universal man. His reputation was enhanced enormously.
Humboldt died peacefully on May 6, 1859. His last request was to be buried at state expense, a lavish funeral the likes of which Berlin normally reserved for royalty. He was buried on the family estate at Schloss Tegel.

http://academic.emporia.edu/aberjame/histgeol/humboldt/humboldt.htm

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Another truly great human being.
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You just got'a love this guy...
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