Talk about beautiful book covers! I’m almost afraid to read Andrea Wulf’s The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World because I don’t want to damage this amazing book! As you can guess, The Invention of Nature is my 2016 science read for May. Now that we’ve explored the oceans in April, it’s time to follow in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors and crawl onto land.
In The Invention of Nature, Wulf traces the life of German explorer and naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt who has inspired other artists and scientists such as Darwin, Wordsworth and Thoreau, and the influences he has played in our understanding of the natural world and environmental science. I have to admit, I’ve never heard of Alexander Von Humboldt before this, but he sounds like a pretty amazing person and I can’t wait to start finding out more about him and his adventures across the world. Travel, adventure and nature, all bound up in a big, beautiful book – what more could one ask for?