Speaker to discuss von Humboldt’s scientific project and relevance today
What: 250 years of Alexander von Humboldt: The explorer, his scientific project and his relevance today
Who: Sandra Rebok, science historian
When: Wednesday, October 16 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kelowna Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Avenue, Kelowna
Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt began his celebrated expedition through the New World in 1799. During his travels, he explored the Americas widely, journeying to several countries including Venezuela, Cuba and the United States.
A polymath, geographer and naturalist, von Humboldt’s new-age thinking led him to the discovery of what we now know as human-induced climate change. He was also one of the first people to suggest that the lands surrounding the Atlantic Ocean, particularly Africa and South America, were once connected.
In commemoration of von Humboldt’s 250th birthday, the community is invited to join science historian Sandra Rebok as she evaluates his achievements, how he differed from fellow explorers, and whether or not his scientific methods are still valid today.
This is a free event, but registration is required at: 250yearsalexandervonhumboldt.eventbrite.com
The department of history and sociology thanks the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Reichwald Endowment for their support of this public lecture.
About UBC's Okanagan campus
UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. Ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is home to bold thinking and discoveries that make a difference. Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world.
To find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca