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Measuring the World

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Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene. Young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann’s brilliant comic novel revolves around the meeting of two colossal geniuses of the Enlightenment.Late in the eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the aristocratic naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates jungles, voyages down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores and measures every cave and hill he comes across. The other, the reclusive and barely socialized mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, can prove that space is curved without leaving his home. Terrifyingly famous and wildly eccentric, these two polar opposites finally meet in Berlin in 1828, and are immediately embroiled in the turmoil of the post-Napolean world.
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Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene. Young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann’s brilliant comic novel revolves around the meeting of two colossal geniuses of the Enlightenment.Late in the eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the aristocratic naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates jungles, voyages down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores and measures every cave and hill he comes across. The other, the reclusive and barely socialized mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, can prove that space is curved without leaving his home. Terrifyingly famous and wildly eccentric, these two polar opposites finally meet in Berlin in 1828, and are immediately embroiled in the turmoil of the post-Napolean world.
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eBook (272 pages)
Published: March 12, 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307496751
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  • Im September 1828 verließ der größte Mathematiker des Landes zum ersten Mal seit Jahren seine Heimatstadt, um am Deutschen Naturforscherkongreß in Berlin teilzunehmen.

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  • In september 1828 verliet de grootste wiskundige van het land voor het eerst sinds jaren zijn geboorteplaats om aan het Congres van Duitse natuuronderzoekers in Berlijn deel te nemen.

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  • I september 1828 lämnade landets störste matematiker för första gången på flera år sin hemstad för att delta i tyska naturforskarkongressen i Berlin.

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  • Ein Hügel, von dem man nicht wisse, wie hoch er sei, beleidige die Vernunft und mache ihn unruhig. Ohne stetig die eigene Position zu bestimmen, könne ein Mensch sich nicht fortbewegen....

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  • Der Pastor Blickte ihn streng an. Stolz sei eine Todsünde! (...) Warum? Der Pastor bat um Verzeihung. Er habe wohl falsch verstanden. (...)Er meine es rein teologisch, sagte Gauß. Gott...

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  • Gefragt, was er hier tue, erklärte er nervös die Technik der Triangulation. (...) Ein Dreieck, sagte sie, habe nur auf einer Fläche hundertachzig Grad Winkelsumme, auf einer Kugel aber...

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  • Als Humboldt kurz darauf seine Instrumente einpackte, wußte er, daß die Sonne am Tag des Solstitiums von der Chaussee aus gesehen genau über ser Spitze der größten Pyramide auf- und durch...

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  • Er stopfte den letzten Tabak in seine Pfeife, ging zum Bug und stand dort so lange mit vom Wind tränenden Augen, bis sich etwas im Abenddunst abezichnete, durchscheinend zunächst und noch...

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  • Hij stopte de laatste tabak in zijn pijp, liep naar de boeg en stond daar zo lang met door de wind tranende ogen tot zich iets in de avondnevel aftekende, eerst doorzichtig en nog niet...

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  • Han stoppade pipan med sin sista tobak, gick fram i fören och spejade med ögon som tårades av vinden, ända tills något avtecknade sig i kvällsdiset, till en början genomskinligt och ännu...

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