Knowing the whole world from the top of a mountain:  from orderly systematization to complex explanatory systems

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Authors

Maarten G Kleinhans 

Abstract

Fast and fascinating changes in views on nature and systems occurred around 1800, for example in the works of Alexander von Humboldt. While Humboldt rarely used the word system, he searched for the pattern-forming forces of nature by gruesome experiments on animals, including himself, and then drew a map of a mountain that became the basis of biogeography. What did ‘system’ mean then and now, how did Humboldt change our views on this?

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31223/X5DK81

Subjects

Earth Sciences, Physical and Environmental Geography, Systems Biology

Keywords

Humboldt, concept history, complex system

Dates

Published: 2021-06-29 22:51

Last Updated: 2021-06-30 02:51

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CC BY Attribution 4.0 International

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