Alexander von Humboldt

Tags: romanticism nature science ecology

Alexander von Humboldt was among the first in the post-Enlightenment modern era to think of nature as something to be enjoyed, commune with, and treasure instead of simply to exploit and command. One of the last polymaths of the Enlightenment, he re-imagined science's relationship with nature, insisting that nature was mechanistic but rather highly complex and interwoven. His discipline would later come to be known as ecology.