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The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is once again offering a reading group. Please note, all available spots are taken for this evening. If you'd like to be on a dedicated list for the reading group, you can sign up here. This list is separate from our general mailing list, so you'll only get updates about the reading group. Late in the eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world.
One of them, the aristocratic naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates jungles, voyages down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores and measures every cave and hill he comes across. The other, the reclusive and barely socialized mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, can prove that space is curved without leaving his home.
Terrifyingly famous and wildly eccentric, these two polar opposites finally meet in Berlin in , and are immediately embroiled in the turmoil of the post-Napolean world. Skip to main Skip to footer. Waterloo Centre for German Studies. Participants pay for their meal.
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Measuring the World
Daniel Kehlmann, Die Vermessung der Welt :measuring celebrity through the ages
Historical Space: Daniel Kehlmann’s Die Vermessung der Welt [Measuring the World, 2005]