Languages about Languages: Two Brothers and one Humboldtian Science

In der Vergangenheit sah die Humboldt-Forschung beide Brüder als Vertreter gegenteiliger wissenschaftlicher Ansätze. Heute jedoch kann ihr ähnlicher Zugang zu wissenschaftlicher Sprache als Ausgangspunkt für die Konzipierung einer Universität, eines Museums und Forums unter einer einzigen Humboldtschen Wissenschaft genutzt werden.

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Eduard Dorsch and his unpublished poem on the occasion of Humboldt’s 100th birthday

In 1869, the German-American medical doctor and poet, Eduard Dorsch, wrote a poem read in Detroit on the occasion of Humboldt’s 100th birthday. This article publishes the poem for the first time and explores its context within the life and times of its author.

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A Political Economy of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s Essay on the Fluctuations in the Supplies of Gold

In his “Essay on the Fluctuations in the Supplies of Gold” (1838) Humboldt presents a global history of the flow of precious metals from antiquity to the 19th century. This paper traces Humboldt’s economic thinking within his natural and historical research, starting with an outline of his educational background which incorporated late mercantilist and early liberal influences. It then discusses a world map and four charts drawn by Humboldt, which combine historical and contemporary statistical data into a cartographical vision of a global economic circuit. In a next step, the article explores Humboldt’s application of natural and historical research methods in the field of political economy, using the example of his 1838 essay. Finally, the article addresses Humboldt’s discussion of platinum, a precious metal whose limited natural distribution contradicted the idea of free global exchange.

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Humboldt’s Mexico. In the Footsteps of the Illustrious German Scientific Traveller (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2017)

In Humboldt’s Mexico, Myron Echenberg presents a straightforward guide with historical and cultural context to Humboldt’s travels in Mexico. Humboldt packed a lifetime of scientific studies into one daunting year, and soon after published a four-volume account of his findings. His adventures range widely from inspections of colonial silver mines and hikes to the summits of volcanoes to meticulous examination of secret Spanish colonial archives in Mexico City and scientific discussions of archaeological sites of pre-Hispanic Indigenous cultures.

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Plantae des États-Unis – Rediscovered Pages from Alexander von Humboldt’s United States Diary

A recently discovered manuscript sheds a new light on Alexander von Humboldt’s stay in the USA in 1804. The document contains his notes on conversations with President Thomas Jefferson and botanist G. H. E. Mühlenberg. Humboldt also collected information on useful and medicinal plants, listed North American naturalists and documented consumer prices.

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Heart of the Andes. Humboldt’s Science in the Art of Frederic Edwin Church (Frank Baron, Jim Jewell 2016), KUMedia Productions

Heart of the Andes – Humboldt’s Science in the Art of Frederic Edwin Church is a short documentary produced by

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CfP, VIIIth International and Interdisciplinary Congress: „Sciences, Knowledge and Politics: Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland between Europe and Amérique Latine“ (07/04-07/07/2016)

Deadline CfP: 01/05/2016 Date of conference: 07/04-07/07/2016 Location of conference: SciencesPo Paris (27 rue Saint Guillaume – 75007 Paris); IHEAL

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The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt’s New World (Knopf 2015)

New book on Humboldt and his influence on environmentalism (Source: knopfdoubleday.com) In The Invention of Nature – Alexander von Humboldt’s

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