A historical novel of Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Frederick Gauss who set out to measure the world. Their personalities and approaches were markedly different. Humboldt navigated ocean and jungle, ate with cannibals, swam with electric eels, lowered himself into volcanoes and scaled high mountains. Gauss stayed home thinking his way into exotic mathematical realms and the landmark realization that space is curved.
At the end of the eighteenth century, two brilliant and eccentric young scientists set out to measure the world. Alexander von Humboldt swashbuckled his way across the globe: navigating ocean and jungle, eating with cannibals, swimming with electric eels, lowering himself into volcanoes and scaling the highest mountain known to man. Carl Friedrich Gauss, on the other hand, stayed at home, using the power of thought to battle his way into exotic mathematical realms and the landmark realization that space is curved. Measuring the World brings these two geniuses to life, capturing their balancing act between loneliness and love, absurdity and greatness, failure and success.