Founder's Day – The Invention of Nature

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11


18:00–19:00 Friday 2 December 2016

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Image © Andrea Wulf

The Invention of Nature tells the story of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the great thinker and intrepid explorer who has more things named after him than anyone else. Humboldt explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world’s highest volcanoes and inspired thinkers, politicians, scientists and poets alike. Taking us on a fantastic voyage in his footsteps, Andrea Wulf shows why his life and ideas remain so important today. Humboldt predicted human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and ‘The Invention of Nature’ traces his ideas as they go on to revolutionize and shape science, conservation, nature writing, politics, art and the theory of evolution.

Andrea Wulf is the author of five acclaimed books including the Brother Gardeners and the Founding Gardeners. She writes for the New York Times, WSJ and The Atlantic amongst others. The Invention of Nature won the Costa Biography Award 2015 and LA Times Book Prize 2016.

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.