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This article is mostly a review of the book The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf [0] which traces the origin of our concept of Nature to the Prussian explorer Alexander von Humboldt and his millieu of scientists and explorers.

After reading Wulf's book last year, I also read a historical novel about Humboltd by David Kehlmann called Measuring the World [1] which I highly recommend to anyone interested in these ideas.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/dp/0345806298

[1] https://www.amazon.com/dp/0307277399

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