The young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann conjures a brilliant and gently comic novel from the lives of two geniuses of the Enlightenment. Toward the end of the eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the ...
Prussian aristocrat Alexander von Hum-boldt, negotiates savanna and jungle, travels down the Orinoco, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores every hole in the ground. The other, the barely socialized mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss, does not even need to leave his home in Göttingen to prove that space is curved. He can run prime numbers in his head. He cannot imagine a life without women, yet he jumps out of bed on his wedding night to jot down a mathematical formula. Von Humboldt is known to history as the Second Columbus. Gauss is recognized as the greatest mathematical brain since Newton. Terrifyingly famous and more than eccentric in their old age, the two meet in Berlin in 1828. Gauss has hardly climbed out of his carriage before both men are embroiled in the political turmoil sweeping through Germany after Napoleon’s fall.Already a huge best seller in Germany, Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene.
A great story about two renowned scientists, Gauss en von Humboldt. If you are only half way interested in surveying (Gauss did cut down quite a few trees to do his triangulation), this is a must read.The novel mixes the lifeline of Gauss and von
..."ss and von Humoldt. Amazing lifes in an amazing timeframe. I never realized they knew Schiller, Goethe, Kant, but I guess I should have. Lots of interesting lines as well: from certain travels you will never return home; Space is there, where the surveyor takes it; slavery is the second biggest insult to humanity. I am sure I will re-read this one in a few years…Continua...Nascondi