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Alexander Von Humboldt

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Pushing Boundaries - Alexander von Humboldt & Sir John Forrest

Great Men of Our History

Join our discussion of these legendary Southern hemisphere explorers , Alexander von Humboldt & Sir John Forrest.   Pavel is joined by our German host Jon to discuss his fatherland's great man of science,  von Humboldt. Also joining us is Eurodingo , our friend from West Australia, who honors his state's founding father , Sir John Forrest!  Both men were incredible explorers of far off places, statesmen, and legends in their own time. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatmenofourhistory/support

1hr 46mins

23 Oct 2021

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Alexander von Humboldt and the Invention of Nature – The Greatest Explorer and Scientist You’ve Never Heard of

The Derek Loudermilk Show

When I encountered a statue of Alexander von Humboldt in my local park and the plaque read "In honor of the most accomplished traveller of this or any other age", I knew I had to learn more about his lifeHumboldt statue in Tower Grove ParkIt turns out, there is a fantastic, award winning book about Humboldt: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf. This is what I learned from Alexander von HumboldtAmazing things about Humboldt:Humboldt was friends with Thomas Jefferson and Goethe and second in fame only to Napoleon in his dayHumboldt was the first person to describe many of the phenomenon of biology and ecology - it pervades out understanding of nature today He was the first person to climb over 20000 ftWas the first scientific explorer to do an expedition to South AmericaWas one of the first scientist to speak out against slavery by the East India companyInvited by the Czar of Russia to explore Siberia where he discovered diamondsRelated to the Prussian Royal familyHumboldt has more things named after him around the world than anyone else

13 Nov 2020

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BCR: 201: Eleanor Jones Harvey, Alexander von Humboldt and the United States


Dr. Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the author of the newly anticipated book “Alexander von Humboldt and the United States Art, Nature, and Culture”, sits down with Mardi Dickinson for an in-deth conversation. 

1hr 24mins

21 Apr 2020

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Alexander Von Humboldt The Shakespeare Of The Sciences

National Library of Australia

Join us for a special event to celebrate the many achievements of Alexander von Humboldt – a polymath, geographer, naturalist and explorer, and the first person to describe the phenomenon and cause of human-induced climate change.On the 250th anniversary of his birth, the National Library of Australia will host a discussion with expert scientists to discuss von Humboldt’s impacts on the world of science and how they are still effecting leading experts today.Professor Gabrielle McMullen AM, President of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, will introduce us to the life and work of von Humboldt, before our panel discusses the impacts of his work more widely.On our panel:Dr Judith Reinhard (Head, Science and Innovation - Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Australia)Emeritus Professor Hans Bachor (Research School of Physics, Australian National University)Professor Timothy J Entwisle (Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria)Facilitated by Lish Fejer (ABC Radio Presenter and Science Communicator)

1hr 22mins

9 Oct 2019

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Episode 185: Alexander von Humboldt (Entry 605.CO0203)


In which an adventurous Prussian polymath single-handedly revolutionizes modern science, and even helps kick-start the liberation of South America and the environmental movement, and John and Ken ponder their own inevitable disappearance down the memory hole. Certificate #41705.


3 Sep 2019

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The life of Alexander von Humboldt, plus foraging for food – books podcast

The Guardian Books podcast

On this week’s show, Andrea Wulf shares her new graphic novel biography of Alexander von Humboldt and professional forager John Wright takes us on a hunt for wild food in London. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod


21 May 2019

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Hubble Not-So Constant, Synthetic E. Coli, The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt

BBC Inside Science

The Hubble ConstantThe Hubble constant is the current expansion rate of the universe but it seems to have changed over time. Hiranya Peiris, Professor of Astrophysics from University College London and Adam Riess, Professor of Physics and Astronomy from Johns Hopkins University, are both using different methods to obtain a value for the Hubble constant. But there is a discrepancy in their values. It used to be that the error bars on the two values overlapped, and so cosmologists thought they would converge as the experiments got more precise. But instead, as the error bars have shrunk, the discrepancy is getting more serious, and something must be wrong. They chat to Adam about potential reasons for this difference in calculations and what it could mean for our cosmological model of the universe. Is new physics required to evolve the description of the age of the universe as we know it to be more accurate? A synthetic E. Coli genomeJason Chin and Colleagues at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge have published this week in the Journal Nature their latest work to completely synthesise a new genome of an E. coli bacteria. Not only was the genome designed and manufactured by human means, it was also recoded in a way not used by nature, involving some 18000 edits. In natural DNA, several different codes can do the same job. As Roland Pease reports, the new genome instead uses fewer of these duplicates, demonstrating all sorts of possibilities for future designs of synthetic cells.Von HumboldtFriedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt was a celebrated Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer. He influenced Darwin and was the first person to describe human-induced climate change, based on his observations from his travels. Yet he has slipped into relative obscurity, at least in the English-speaking world.Andrea Wulf is an acclaimed author who has previously written about Alexander von Humboldt and is now back with another book about the explorer: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt. It’s a graphic novel (illustrated by Lillian Melcher) that celebrates the 250th anniversary of Humboldt’s birth and depicts his adventures on his 5 year expedition through South America. Adam Rutherford chats to Andrea about her book, why she chose to make it a graphic novel and how Humboldt’s views on the environment can be interpreted today.Producer: Alex Mansfield


16 May 2019

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The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt

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Andrea Wulf, the New York Times bestselling author, discusses her new illustrated book "The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt"—her second work about the intrepid explorer and naturalist.

1hr 1min

8 May 2019

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Alexander von Humboldt Professor Hannes Leitgeb

MCMP – Mathematical Philosophy (Archive 2011/12)

Once again, a candidate nominated by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München has been awarded one of the coveted Alexander von Humboldt Professorships. The philosopher and mathematician Hannes Leitgeb, Professor of Mathematical Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics at the University of Bristol (UK), was selected to receive the accolade by an expert committee set up by the Humboldt Foundation. The prize, which is worth 5 million Euros, is financed by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and is the most richly endowed award of its kind in Germany. Leitgeb is one of the leading proponents of an approach to problems in logic, philosophy and the foundations of the scientific method that exploits insights from both philosophical analyses and mathematical theories of provability. In effect, he formulates philosophical questions as precisely posed mathematical propositions, allowing him not only to come up with solutions, but also to explain them with the utmost clarity. Hannes Leitgeb becomes the LMU’s third Humboldt Professor, joining Ulrike Gaul (Systems Biology) and Georgi Dvali (Astrophysics).Leitgeb is one of the most prominent scholars worldwide who tackle analytical philosophy and cognitive sciences with the help of mathematical logic. This multi-pronged approach is motivated by the conviction that philosophical investigations can best be advanced if their fundamental assumptions can be recast as mathematical models that make them more transparent and simpler to describe. As a Humboldt Professor at LMU, Leitgeb will provide the basis for the planned Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Language and Cognition, in which postgraduate and postdoctoral students in the fields of Philosophy, Logic and Mathematics will work together on common problems.The new Center will also collaborate with the Munich Center for Neuroscience, Brain and Mind (MCN). This institution was established in 2007, as the result of an internal competition (LMUinnovativ) to identify innovative ways of tackling questions related to the mind-brain problem. Its members utilize the whole spectrum of disciplines relevant to the neurosciences, from molecular biology, through systemic neurobiology, psychology and neurology, to philosophy. By fostering cooperation between widely diverse areas of study, the two Centers hope to make internationally significant contributions to theoretical and empirical brain sciences. Hannes Leitgeb's interdisciplinary orientation will help further sharpen the profile of the LMU’s Faculty of Philosophy by renewing its long-standing focus on the intersection between philososphy, logic and foundations of science, which is closely associated with the work of Wolfgang Stegmuller. This focus will also be given a future-oriented and internationally apparent impetus.Leitgeb first forged a firm link between philosophical logic and the cognitive sciences in his book “Inference on the Low Level. An Investigation into Deduction, Nonmonotonic Reasoning, and the Philosophy of Cognition”. Here he showed that, under certain circumstances, state transitions in neural networks can be understood as simple ‘if ... then’ inferences. These in turn are known to follow laws governing the behaviour of logical systems that have emerged from studies in the philosophy of language and in theoretical computer science. Leitgeb is currently working on a monograph devoted to Rudolf Carnap’s “The Logical Structure of the World”. He hopes to give this classic text a new lease of life by highlighting the relevance of Carnap’s insights for modern scientific research. One of the aims of this latest endeavour is to discover how to transform theoretical scientific models into propositions framed in terms of our immediate sensory perceptions. To this end, Leitgeb is developing a theory of probability that permits valid inferences about systems which are themselves capable of generating statements about their own probability.Hannes Leitg...

14 Mar 2018

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Ep. 063 Fiber Arts Help STEM Learning; Life lines; Organic Cotton; Alexander von Humboldt; Book Give away; 2017 Learn-along Winners

Teaching Your Brain to Knit

Brainy Thing:    26:15   Behind the Redwood Curtain  42:55 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Catherine learned an important lesson about life lines on her Absolutely Essential Shawl by Bunny Muff http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/absolutely-essential.  She also started a sock for a charity project sponsored by the Northcoast Knittery made of from Kramer Yarn.   Margaret finally used some organic cotton, naturally colored yarn she had had in her stash forever.  She doesn’t know if they are FireFox yarns, the organic cotton of different colors started by Sally Fox (the labels have disappeared)  but she likes the idea and the yarn.  http://www.foxfirefiber.com/yarn.html.  She made two jar covers by Sara Delaney #575 Crocheted Lace Jar Covers.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-lace-jar-covers  Her Ravelry name is. Chickenbetty.   She used a cute little flower and leaves by Carolina Guzman  from the  One and Two Company with an excellent pattern.     Brainy Thing: Studies show that the fiber arts (knitting, crochet, weaving, etc.) can help students, particularly women, become more comfortable with STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math.   Catherine tells us about it in this segment.   Behind the Redwood Curtain Dozens of things from rivers to frogs were named after Alexander von Humboldt but why and who in the U.S. knows who he is?  Margaret reports on him.     Knitted Babes Give away As part of her de-stash efforts, Margaret offers up the book Knitted Babes by Claire Garland book — free to the first person who asks for it on the Ravelry Thread   Winners of the Learn-along.   Listen to the episode for the winners of the 2017 Learn-along.  Prizes are Bamboo So Fine in peach and a cute notions case in a  guitar fabric.     Podcast Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.   Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit why educators are trying to  channel STEM students into the fiber arts; who was Alexander von Humboldt and why was he forgotten in the U.S.; What did Catherine learn about Life lines and Margaret about organic cotton; how to get a free book— from us -- and who won the 2017 spring  Learn-along.


1 Jun 2017