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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,222 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Kehlmann Narrator: Rider Strong Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann conjures a brilliant and gently comic novel from the lives of two geniuses of the Enlightenment.

Toward the end of the 18th century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the Prussian aristocrat Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates savannas and jungle, travels down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores every hole in the ground. The other, the barely socialized mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss, does not even need to leave his home in Göttingen to prove that space is curved. He can run prime numbers in his head. He cannot imagine a life without women, yet he jumps out of bed on his wedding night to jot down a mathematical formula.

Von Humboldt is known to history as the Second Columbus. Gauss is recognized as the greatest mathematical brain since Newton. Terrifyingly famous and more than eccentric in their old age, the two meet in Berlin in 1828. Gauss had hardly climbed out of his carriage before both men were embroiled in the political turmoil sweeping through Germany after Napoleon's fall.

Already a huge best seller in Germany, Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nimrod Zalk | 2/7/2014

    " Brilliant evocation of Victorian intellectual ambition and its limitations and blind spots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 1/31/2014

    " You might not guess how lively this book is from the synopsis: the life stories of two German scientists in the 1800's, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and mathemetician/physicist Gauss, told parallel. But it's a real romp and I'd highly recommend it. There is an English translation available. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mattijs | 1/15/2014

    " Read original: Die Vermessung der Welt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ghibli | 12/23/2013

    " A very fast read, I couldn't put it down in the end. Truly a remarkable portrait of two great men, but also a philosophical journey; full of humour, but also serious... A book that is very hard to describe, so just read it :) "

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