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Measuring the World
Measuring the World: A Novel | Daniel Kehlmann
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Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene. Young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmanns brilliant comic novel revolves around the meeting of two colossal geniuses of the Enlightenment. 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 1828, and are immediately embroiled in the turmoil of the post-Napolean world. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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hlgreenfield
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So a little bit of chilling time in between sight seeing! My friend recommended this one a while ago, saw it in the bookshop yesterday and figured since the author has lived here it would be fitting to get it now. Shame I am way slower at reading in German though!

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Andrew65
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Mehso-so

This book started off well, but as the book progressed it began to feel a bit disjointed and a sequence of separate incidents within each chapter rather than a sequential progressive storyline. In fact it started to feel a bit like a non-fiction book in a fiction format. Not sorry I read it as there were some interesting points in it but feel it could have been so much better. Interesting that it is on the 1001 books to read before you die list.

LeahBergen Hmm... thanks for the update. 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻thanks for the tag. Interesting review. 2y
TrishB Won‘t be rushing to read at the moment!! 2y
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Andrew65
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Fancied something a bit different so listening to this book which centres around tow famous Germans, the naturalist and explorer Alexander van Rumboldt and the genius mathematician and Physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss. Enjoying it so far.

TrishB Interesting I will await your review 👍🏻 I‘ve a book about a Himalayan climb today so we were obviously looking for something different. Enjoy your weekend now it‘s here 😁 (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts Thankyou for the tag , I will investigate 👍🏻 2y
Andrew65 @TrishB Thanks, think we could both do with a light easy read. Have a good weekend. 😊 2y
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EadieB @Andrew65 I read that book. It‘s on the 1001 book list. 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB I saw your review on Goodreads But didn‘t know it was on the 1001 books list. 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 I liked it. Hope u enjoy it! 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB I‘m enjoying it so far. Gauss was quite remarkable! 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 I was impressed by the scientists. I think one is a mathematician. (edited) 2y
LeahBergen Oh, this sounds good! 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes Gauss was a famous mathematician. 2y
Andrew65 @LeahBergen Enjoyable so far. 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘m up early to watch the wedding! Are you watching it today? 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB No not really interested in the wedding, not even sure what time it is. Aim to hit the seaside on a nice Sunny day. Hopefully be quiet with a number of people watching the wedding or the big Football (Soccer) FA Cup Final. They certainly couldn‘t have got better weather for the wedding. The Royal Family and the Government annoyed a lot of British people as haven‘t even given a day‘s Bank Holiday and scheduling it the same day as FA Cup. 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 Oh my! Probably more Americans are watching then today! 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB I think a large number of people will still watch but can foresee family arguments where not to be sexist, but many men want to watch the football and many women want to watch the wedding. Can see pubs showing the football being busy! Think last Royal Wedding I watched was Princess Anne in 1974. Don‘t think I remember watching Charles and Diana. Very interested in Royal Family in past but not much interest in today‘s Royal Family. 2y
Andrew65 That said think William and Kate are the saving grace of the Royal Family, along with Prince Harry following the damage done by the relationship of Charles and Diana. Not sure Charles is that popular as a result. @EadieB Even I admire the ‘lovely Kate‘ and the way she relates to everyone. Now she is extremely popular. 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 I like that Harry‘s wedding is so small and personal without politicians and important people. Kate and Will‘s children will probably steal the show. 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB This is another example of how both William and Harry are resurrecting the Royal Family following the dark days and the ‘annus horribilis‘ following incidents around Charles and Diana. They both do a good job of speaking to the everyday people in the country. If this hadn‘t changed I felt the %Royal Family‘s Days were numbered. (edited) 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 i think the turning point was when the Queen finally gave her speech acknowledging the loss of Diana. They were horrible and embarrassing years! 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB I don‘t buy it but still conspiracy theories out there about Diana‘s death. I must admit the Royal Family lost me at that point. 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 I believe she was gotten rid of too. Prince Philip really did not like her too much and I would say he might have been behind her death. The American reporters were asking some of the Brits “how old is Big Ben” which is a question on the citizenship test and nobody knew the answer just like the Americans who didn‘t know American history when questioned. So funny! (edited) 2y
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happybroccoli-3
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I- not being particularly good in Maths or in love with Science- enjoyed this book about the two geniuses Humboldt and Gauß very much. Both attempted to measure and explore the world in their very own, distinctive ways and left a tremendous mark on scientific standard and progress nowadays. If you want to loose yourself in a simply- but also beautifully told story, go and check out this book, which made Kehlmann famous in 2005.

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Panpan

Highly recommended by others, but it didn't do much for me. Being not much of a beta, the scientific part didn't interest me much, nor did the history of both German scientists. The humor also was wasted on me. So... well written, but I read it mostly diagonally. #1001books

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Abailliekaras
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I loved this. Does what it says on the cover ("Here for once is a popular hit as sophisticated as it is engaging" Sunday times). The 2 scientists are wonderful characters, quirky & spring to life on the page. Dry, compassionate sense of humour. Clean writing, w lovely translation by Carol Brown Janeway. I'm keen to read more of Daniel Kehlmann's books now. ???

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Abailliekaras
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Writing a novel, said Humboldt, seemed to him the perfect way to capture the most fleeting essence of the present for the future.

Really enjoying this so far! Good pace, witty writing and eccentric characters. 👍

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ulejo
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Bailedbailed

Not my kind of book. It was a book club book and i try to give those book a fair chance, but this I gave 50 pages then bailed. Not many in the book club enjoyed it, but liked the idea of the book.