SFI Community Lecture
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
Andrea Wulf Santa Fe Institute Miller Scholar
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 Book Signing: 6:30 pm Lecture: 7:30 pm
The Lensic Performing Arts Center211 W. San Francisco StreetSanta Fe, New Mexicolink
Also streaming live – but, sadly, ‘on request of the speaker’ the recording will not be available.
|SFI Community LectureThe Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World|
Santa Fe Institute Miller Scholar
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 Book Signing: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:30 pmThe Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Image credit: © Andrea Wulf and Lillian Melcher
|Award winning and bestselling author Andrea Wulf tells the story of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the great scientist and intrepid explorer who has more things named after him than anyone else. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether exploring deep into the rainforest or climbing the world’s highest volcanoes. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired naturalists and poets such as Darwin and Goethe but also politicians such as Jefferson and Bolivar.|
Humboldt explained nature as a complex web of life and interconnected global force – a concept that still shapes our thinking today. He described earth as a living organism that could easily be destroyed by humankind and predicted harmful human–induced climate change already in 1800. Using many dozens of Humboldt’s own drawings, engravings, maps and manuscripts as well as the lush and colourful pages from her illustrated book, The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, Wulf brings this forgotten father of environmentalism (and complexity science?) back to life.
Andrea is a Santa Fe Institute Miller Scholar twice over.
Andrea will be signing copies of her books in the Lensic lobby prior to the lecture.
Reserve your free tickets through The Lensic Box Office online or call (505) 988.1234. Santa Fe residents are encouraged to attend in person. Please refer to the Lensic’s current COVID safety protocols before attending. For those unable to attend, we will be streaming this lecture live from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and our YouTube page.
This lecture is presented at no cost to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship from the McKinnon Family Foundation, with additional support provided by The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Reporter.Click here for more information about SFI’s Community Lecture Series.