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Influence

Letter to Pierre Hyacinthe Azais

Letter to Pierre Hyacinthe Azais

The Rubenstein Library contains many letters written by Alexander von Humboldt that explore his relationships with people across many disciplines, including history, philosophy, politics, librarianship, arts and culture, geography, and the sciences in general. This letter from the Alexander von Humboldt papers is to the French philosopher Pierre Hyacinthe Azais and discusses social matters, philosophy, and the French Revolution.

letter to Lorin Blodget (Facsimiles)

letter to Lorin Blodget (Facsimiles)

This letter addressed to Lorin Blodget, an American scientist whom Humboldt had publicly commended for his writings on climatology, is actually a facsimile printed for promotional purposes. When Blodget published his own work in 1857 (that included data from Humboldts research), Blodgt included this facsimile to promote his publication.

Alexander von Humboldts Königl. preussischen Bergraths Reisen um die Welt und durch das Innere von Südamerika: ein interessantes Lesebuch für die Jugend<br />
(Alexander von Humboldt’s Voyages around the World and into the Interior of South America: An Interesting Storybook for the Young)

Alexander von Humboldts Königl. preussischen Bergraths Reisen um die Welt und durch das Innere von Südamerika: ein interessantes Lesebuch für die Jugend
(Alexander von Humboldt’s Voyages around the World and into the Interior of South America: An Interesting Storybook for the Young)

The author of this popular book capitalized on public interest in Humboldt’s voyages by anonymously writing and publishing this work shortly before Humboldt’s return to Europe. Schütz gathered his information from letters that Humboldt had written home to his brother, Wilhelm, as well as others who had agreed to make their letters from Humboldt publicly available. Humboldt himself objected to the volume, noting that its title was inaccurate, since he had not in fact traveled around the world.

The Life, Travels and Books of Alexander von Humboldt

The Life, Travels and Books of Alexander von Humboldt

Humboldt’s science and travels created such sensation that biographies were written about him while he was still alive.

Why the amazing Humboldt has been so thoroughly forgotten is often attributed to the explosion of scientific knowledge that has now clearly made it impossible for one person to comprehend it all. Humboldt has been repeatedly criticized and negated for attempting to become a “Renaissance Man”. One critic quipped that “Humboldt was the last man who knew everything”. The Bass Connections project rejects this view and is rather amazed by a mind who strove to learn as much as possible, to weave together art and science, to communicate his sense of wonder, and to define the Cosmos in which human beings and nature are one.