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Measuring the World

Measuring the World (Digital File)

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Measuring the World recreates the parallel but contrasting lives of two geniuses of the German Enlightenment - the naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt and the mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss.Towards the end of the 18th century, these two brilliant young Germans set out to measure the world. Humboldt, a Prussian aristocrat schooled for greatness, negotiates savannah and jungle, climbs the highest mountain then known to man, counts head lice on the heads of the natives, and explores every hole in the ground. Gauss, a man born in poverty who will be recognised as the greatest mathematician since Newton, does not even need to leave his home in Gottingen to know that space is curved. He can run prime numbers in his head, cannot imagine a life without women and yet jumps out of bed on his wedding night to jot down a mathematical formula. In this warm and witty reading of Measuring the World, David Timson brings the two eccentric geniuses to life: their longings and weaknesses; failures and successes; the delicate balance they tread between absurdity and greatness.

This is an audiobook of rare charm, distinguished by its sly humour and unforgettable characterization.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: audiobooksonline.co.uk Publication Date: 30/09/2008 ISBN-13: 9781906128685  Details: Type: Digital File Format: Audiobooks
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