German Renaissance man Alexander von Humboldt was born 250 years ago. His contributions to science and the natural world are being celebrated by artists at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.
Humboldt's private life was revealed in two watercolors painted by Eduard Hildebrandt. One from 1856 shows him in his Berlin library and encapsulated his entire life by revealing the cluttered rooms of a wunderkind.
Alexander von Humboldt is as 'topical as ever’ in a globalized world riven by racism and nationalism, Culture Minister Monika Grütters told guests at Berlin's 250th birthday party for Germany’s universal scientist.
Humboldt returned to Berlin in 1827 after working for two decades in Paris. For the next 30 years, he labored over his most ambitious project to unite everything known about the whole universe in a single work, "Cosmos."
Alexander von Humboldt measured everything in sight. Though many of his discoveries are hard to categorize or have been superseded, his holistic view of nature led the way to how we see and understand the world today.
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