In this episode, award-winning author Andrea Wulf talks to Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky about her book The Invention of Nature, German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, and the need for a modern-day Humboldt.
Andrea Wulf was born in India and moved to Germany as a child. She lives in Britain where she trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art. She is the author of The Brother Gardeners and the co-author of This Other Eden. Her book Founding Gardeners was published to great acclaim in spring 2011. Her Chasing Venus was published in 2012 in eight countries in conjunction with the last transit of Venus in our century. And her latest book The Invention of Nature has received rave reviews and is a New York Times bestseller. She has written for the New York Times, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and many others.
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky is Associate Editor of the Kenyon Review and NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at Kenyon College. He was guest editor of the Fall 2016 special issue of KR entitled “The Poetics of Science.”