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Die Vermessung Der Welt Daniel Kehlmann Bibliography

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 eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the Prussian aristocrat Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates savanna and jungle, travels down the Orinoco, tastes poisons, climbs the hiThe 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 eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the Prussian aristocrat Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates savanna and jungle, travels down the Orinoco, 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 has hardly climbed out of his carriage before both men are embroiled in the political turmoil sweeping through Germany after Napoleon’s fall.

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Daniel Kehlmann

Measuring the World

Towards the end of the 18th century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates savanna and jungle, travels down the Orinoco, tastes poisons, counts head lice and explores every hole in the ground. The other, mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauß does not need to leave his hometown Göttingen to prove that space is bent, cannot imagine a life without women and yet jumps out of bed on his wedding night to jot down a mathematical formula. Famous and slightly eccentric with age, the two meet in Berlin in 1828. Gauß has hardly climbed out of his carriage before the two are embroiled in the political turmoil sweeping through Germany after the fall of Napoleon. Daniel Kehlmann portrays the lives of two geniuses, their yearnings and weaknesses, their tightrope walk between love and loneliness, ridicule and greatness, failure and success with a great deal of humour and imagination. A philosophical adventure novel of rare power and brilliance.

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    • publishing house:  rororo
    • publishing date:  01.12.2009
    • 384 pages
    • ISBN:  978-3-499-25303-4
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Daniel Kehlmann

was born in Munich in 1975 and lives in Vienna and Berlin. His works have won the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Doderer Prize, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize and the Thomas Mann Prize. His previous novel Measuring the World was translated in more than 40 foreign languages and is one of the biggest successes in post-war German literature. 

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