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The Invention of Nature: Andrea Wulf in conversation

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Join us at our May Lates as Andrea Wulf meets fellow Royal Society Science Book Prize winner Gaia Vince, to celebrate a new award for her critically acclaimed best-seller ‘The Invention of Nature’.

We’ll be discovering more about visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) with a presentation about his life and works from Andrea, followed by a Q&A with science journalist Gaia Vince. Andrea’s latest book ‘The Invention of Nature’ explores von Humboldt’s extraordinary life and his influence on key thinkers, including a young Charles Darwin.

On the night, Andrea will be awarded the Dingle Prize from the British Society for the History of Science for the best history of science book for non-specialist readers. 

The prize-giving will be followed by a book signing with Andrea and Gaia. Copies of 'The Invention of Nature' and 'Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made' will be available to purchase on the night.

Andrea Wulf is an award-winning author of several books. 'The Invention of Nature' has won twelve literary awards, including Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016. She has written for the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic, among many others. She’s an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Gaia Vince is a journalist, broadcaster and author specialising in science, the environment and social issues. Gaia writes news, opinion and feature articles for a variety of different outlets, including the BBC, The Guardian, New Scientist, Australian Geographic, Science, Seed, along with researching and presenting science documentaries for BBC Radio. In 2015 her book 'Adventures in the Anthropocene' won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.  

Header image: Plate 19: ‘The Dropping Well’ in the book “Phenomena of Nature”, 1849, Josiah Wood Whymper

This event is brought to you by the Royal Society and British Society for History of Science.