Essay on the Geography of Plants

Essay on the Geography of Plants

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The legacy of Alexander von Humboldt (1769a€“1859) looms large over the natural sciences. His 1799a€“1804 research expedition to Central and South America with botanist AimAc Bonpland set the course for the great scientific surveys of the nineteenth century, and inspired such essayists and artists as Emerson, Goethe, Thoreau, Poe, and Church. The chronicles of the expedition were published in Paris after Humboldta€™s return, and first among them was the 1807 a€œEssay on the Geography of Plants.a€ Among the most cited writings in natural history, after the works of Darwin and Wallace, this work appears here for the first time in a complete English-language translation. Covering far more than its title implies, it represents the first articulation of an integrative a€œscience of the earth, a€ encompassing most of todaya€™s environmental sciences. Ecologist Stephen T. Jackson introduces the treatise and explains its enduring significance two centuries after its publication. The cloth edition also includes a poster-sized color reproduction of the Mt. Chimborazo tableau, an icon in the history of science and scientific graphics.An English translation of the first two parts, the a€œPrefacea€ and a€œEssay, a€ of the Essay (by Francesca Kern and Philippe Janvier) ... of a couple of weeks, and as a bonus the volume includes informative essays by Wilson and by Malcolm Nicolson.

Title:Essay on the Geography of Plants
Author:Alexander von Humboldt, Aimé Bonpland
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2010-07-15


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