Fig. 1. Humboldt’s “Naturgemälde der Anden” (1807). It was originally published in 1805 as the “Tableau physique des Andes et pays voisins” with the "Essai sur la géographie des plantes". Source: Wikimedia.

Vertical Thinking in the Time of Humboldt

Gastbeitrag von Patrick Anthony, Vanderbilt University The Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt has long been celebrated for his representations of mountains. The most recognizable among them is the “Tableau physique des Andes” (or “Naturgemälde der Anden”), which depicts the botanical geography of the Ecuadorian Volcano Mt. Chimborazo (Fig. 1). But mountains were only part of the […]