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.