Alexander von Humboldt was the most admired scientist of his day But the achievements for which he was most celebrated in his lifetime always fell short of perfection When he climbed the Chimborazo, then believed to be the highest mountain in the world, he did not quite reach the top he established the existence of the Casiquiare canal, between the great water systems of the Orinoco and the , but this had been well known to local people and his magisterial work, Cosmos, was left unfinished This was no coincidence Humboldt s pursuit of an all encompassing, immersive approach to science was a way of finding limits of nature and of the scientist s own self A Longing for Wide and Unknown Things portrays a scientific life lived in the era of German Romanticism a time of radical change, where the focus on the individual placed a new value on feeling, and the pursuit of personal desires As Humboldt himself admitted, he would have sailed to the remotest South Seas, even if it hadn t fulfilled any scientific purpose whatever....
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Such an insightful portrayal of Humboldt’s lifetime. His perceptions of South American culture in a different time bought to life so vividly by Meinhardt. She really seems to have lived and breathed his thoughts and intentions.