Views Of Nature

Paperback | October 21, 2016

byAlexander von HumboldtEditorStephen T. Jackson, Laura Dassow Walls

not yet rated|write a review
While the influence of Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) looms large over the natural sciences, his legacy reaches far beyond the field notebooks of naturalists. Humboldt’s 1799–1804 research expedition to Central and South America with botanist Aimé Bonpland not only set the course for the great scientific surveys of the nineteenth century, but also served as the raw material for his many volumes—works of both scientific rigor and aesthetic beauty that inspired such essayists and artists as Emerson, Goethe, Thoreau, Poe, and Frederic Edwin Church.

Views of Nature, or Ansichten der Natur, was Humboldt’s best-known and most influential work—and his personal favorite. While the essays that comprise it are themselves remarkable as innovative, early pieces of nature writing—they were cited by Thoreau as a model for his own work—the book’s extensive endnotes incorporate some of Humboldt’s most beautiful prose and mature thinking on vegetation structure, its origins in climate patterns, and its implications for the arts. Written for both a literary and a scientific audience, Views of Nature was translated into English (twice), Spanish, and French in the nineteenth century, and it was read widely in Europe and the Americas. But in contrast to many of Humboldt’s more technical works, Views of Nature has been unavailable in English for more than one hundred years. Largely neglected in the United States during the twentieth century, Humboldt’s contributions to the humanities and the sciences are now undergoing a revival to which this new translation will be a critical contribution.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$37.04

In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From the Publisher

While the influence of Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) looms large over the natural sciences, his legacy reaches far beyond the field notebooks of naturalists. Humboldt’s 1799–1804 research expedition to Central and South America with botanist Aimé Bonpland not only set the course for the great scientific surveys of the nineteenth c...

Stephen T. Jackson is professor emeritus of botany and ecology at the University of Wyoming and the editor of von Humboldt’s Essay on the Geography of Plants. He lives in Tucson, AZ. Laura Dassow Walls is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and the author of several books, including Th...

other books by Alexander von Humboldt

Cosmos: A Sketch Of A Physical Description Of The Universe
Cosmos: A Sketch Of A Physical Description Of The Unive...

Paperback|Jul 28 2010

$45.39 online$45.50list price
Kosmos...
Kosmos...

Paperback|Nov 3 2011

$33.26 online$35.50list price(save 6%)
Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe; Volume 4
Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Unive...

Hardcover|Aug 25 2016

$38.23 online$41.50list price(save 7%)
see all books by Alexander von Humboldt
Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 21, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022642247X

ISBN - 13:9780226422473

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Views Of Nature

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Editors’ Preface
Introduction: Reclaiming Consilience
Translator’s Note
Humboldt’s Ansichten der Natur Measurement Units

Views of Nature

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second and Third Editions

1. Concerning the Steppes and Deserts
2. Concerning the Waterfalls of the Orinoco near Atures and Maypures
3. The Nocturnal Wildlife of the Primeval Forest
4. Hypsometric Addenda
5. Ideas for a Physiognomy of Plants
6. Concerning the Structure and Action of Volcanoes in Various Regions of the Earth
7. The Life Force, or The Rhodian Genius
8. The Plateau of Cajamarca, the Old Residential City of the Inca Atahualpa; First Sight of the Pacific from the Ridge of the Andes Chain

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Ever since his celebrated journey of exploration of the Americas, Alexander von Humboldt has been a defining figure of Western scientific culture. Today, his international reputation is enjoying a revival, especially in North America. Now the University of Chicago Press is adding to its list of Humboldtiana a new edition of von Humboldt’s most readable book, Views of Nature, skillfully translated from the original German and expertly introduced. It opens up to a twenty-first-century readership the magnificent panorama of tropical American landscapes, the aesthetic pleasure of which connoted—in von Humboldt’s view—the underlying harmony of lawlike unity that pervades the cosmos.”