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The Humboldt Code

Portrait The Humboldt Code He was an obsessive networker, a daredevil and a marketing genius. The reports on his travels and adventures earned him star status. Today, more than 250 years after his bir

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The Humboldt Code

Humboldt’s Groove

Interview Humboldt’s Groove Alexander von Humboldt providing the inspiration for hip hop music? Is that even possible? Absolutely – „Humboldt’s Groove“ is the name of the track by Cuban rapper El Temb

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Humboldt’s Travels

Expedition Humboldt’s Travels Alexander von Humboldt left the shores of Europe for the first time in 1799. His country of embarkation was Spain and his destination the ‘New World’. Insights into Humbo

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Humboldt’s Travels

If Humboldt were on Twitter today

Quotes If Humboldt were on Twitter today He liked to formulate succinct sentences and deliver punch lines. He took a stand against slavery, colonialism and environmental destruction. What stance would

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If Humboldt were on Twitter today

“Everybody’s star”

Interview “Everybody’s star” Whether as a discoverer, Romantic, Atlanticist, climate prophet or working class hero: there isn’t just one Humboldt, but lots of them. Historian of science, Nicolaas A. R

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“Everybody’s star”

A testimony to a restless spirit

Interview A testimony to a restless spirit Andrea Wulf has written numerous books, including “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World” which became a bestseller in 2015. Her latest

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A testimony to a restless spirit

“The sensual Humboldt is yet to be discovered”

Interview “The sensual Humboldt is yet to be discovered” In his biography, historian Andreas W. Daum puts Alexander von Humboldt’s life in the context of a revolutionary age marked by major upheaval.

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“The sensual Humboldt is yet to be discovered”

“Humboldt had this ruthlessness towards himself”

Interview “Humboldt had this ruthlessness towards himself” Researcher, globetrotter, networker and discoverer – Alexander von Humboldt was a real high-flyer. But who was Alexander, the private person?

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“Humboldt had this ruthlessness towards himself”

A name to conjure with

Traces A name to conjure with Few figures in history have had so many landmarks or discoveries named after them. The memory of Alexander von Humboldt is kept alive not only in his anniversary year of

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A name to conjure with

At the easternmost point of his life

The last expedition At the easternmost point of his life At an age where most scientists would have settled for the odd conference, Alexander von Humboldt was still seeking adventure. In 1829 he set o

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At the easternmost point of his life