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Nature Translated: Alexander von Humboldt's Works in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Alison E. Martin


Alexander von Humboldt was one of the most important scientists of the nineteenth century. He transformed understandings of the earth and space by rethinking nature as the interconnection of global forces. His vibrant, lyrical prose captivated British readers. This book offers the first extensive analysis of the translation, publication and critical reception of his works in Britain. It argues that style was key to the success of these translations and shows how Humboldt’s British translators, now largely forgotten figures, were pivotal in moulding his prose and his public persona as they reco ... More

Keywords: Alexander von Humboldt, 19th-century British Science, 19th-century Scientific Publishing, Scientific Translation, Science and Rhetoric, Science and Style

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474439329
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439329.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison E. Martin, author