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    Charting the Course of Knowledge with Alexander von Humboldt

    • November 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    A Weeknights at the Wagner illustrated lecture by Sandra Rebok, Ph.D.For his 250th birthday, join worldwide celebrations of the great Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. While he is less known today, in the 19th century, his expeditions–across North and South…

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    A Weeknights at the Wagner illustrated lecture by Sandra Rebok, Ph.D.For his 250th birthday, join worldwide celebrations of the great Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. While he is less known today, in the 19th century, his expeditions–across North and South America, within Europe, and to the Ural Mountains of Asia–enthralled kings, scientists, and the public. In pursuit of knowledge, Humboldt scaled mountains, navigated rivers, and even experimented with electric eels. These explorations were often supported by European governments seeking data on their territories in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    However, Humboldt was equally passionate about sharing scientific knowledge. Thousands of people attended his series of free public lectures explaining scientific concepts and the development of scientific thinking. At his death, he was writing the fifth volume of his massive Kosmos series of books. This talk will give an overview of Humboldt, his American expedition, and his larger scientific mission, then focus on his work to make science accessible to the larger public, beyond scholarly circles and beyond the borders of nations.
    Presented with the German Society of Pennsylvania and the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

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    November 13, 2019
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    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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