The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World

How did we forget about Alexander von Humboldt? Learn all about the polymath who helped shape our understanding of the natural world.

illustrated stack of books with text "scifri book club"Welcome to the SciFri Book Club page about The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. There’s lots of ways to participate: Read the book, join our community space, attend an event, sign up for our email newsletter, or send a message via our contact page.

This August, the SciFri Book Club will read The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf.

This Book Club season kicks off Thursday, August 1, and you can read along with us! Check back here for more updates about this Book Club pick soon.

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