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The invention of nature

Event schedule details

Sunday 30 June

15.00-15.45

Event location details

Expeditions Talks Programme, Flett Lecture Theatre

Natural History Museum

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Speaker: Andrea Wulf

Join Andrea Wulf for her talk revealing the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Humboldt was a brave explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax–infested Siberia. Humboldt's life embodies the original vision of Albertopolis – combining science and arts for the benefit of our society. Wulf traces Humboldt’s influence through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature. The audience will gain insight into a century of world exploration and also a better perspective on questions that linger on until today. Hosted by the Goethe-Institut London, celebrating the 250th birth year of Humboldt, the talk draws from the award-winning bestseller ‘The Invention of Nature’ by Andrea Wulf, published in 2015, and her new graphic novel ‘The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt’.

This is part of our ‘Great Expeditions’ talks series. Take a look at the other talks in this series.


This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. 
Please arrive ten minutes before the event begins. If you arrive after the event has started, your ticket will be reallocated.
Limited tickets will be available on the day, but we recommend pre-booking to guarantee a place.

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Event categories

  • Adults
  • Family with 12+
  • Talk