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Author Walls, Laura Dassow.

Title The passage to Cosmos [electronic resource] : Alexander von Humboldt and the shaping of America / Laura Dassow Walls.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.

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Description 1 online resource (xv, 404 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: Humboldt's bridge -- Confluences -- Passage to America, 1799-1804 -- Manifest destinies -- Interchapter: Finally shall come the poet -- "All are alike designed for freedom": Humboldt on race and slavery -- The community of Cosmos -- The face of planet America -- Epilogue: recalling Cosmos.
Summary Explorer, scientist, writer, and humanist, Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous intellectual of the age that began with Napoleon and ended with Darwin. With Cosmos, the book that crowned his career, Humboldt offered to the world his vision of humans and nature as integrated halves of a single whole. In it, Humboldt espoused the idea that, while the universe of nature exists apart from human purpose, its beauty and order, the very idea of the whole it composes, are human achievements: cosmos comes into being in the dance of world and mind, subject and object, science and poetry. Humboldt'
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Subject Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859 -- Influence -- United States.
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859. Kosmos.
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859 -- Political and social views.
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859.
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859.
Kosmos (Humboldt, Alexander von)
United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Science -- History -- 19th century.
Chronological Term 1800 - 1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books -- Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Walls, Laura Dassow. Passage to Cosmos. Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2009 9780226871820 (DLC) 2009003099 (OCoLC)300982360
ISBN 0226871843 (electronic bk.)
9780226871844 (electronic bk.)
9780226871820 (alk. paper)
0226871827 (alk. paper)