Epilogue: Recalling Cosmos

in The Passage to Cosmos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780226871820
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871844 | DOI:
Epilogue: Recalling Cosmos

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Humboldt died peacefully at his Berlin home on 6 May 1859. The funeral was the largest and grandest Berlin had ever seen for a private citizen. Humboldt's family were followed by state and royal officials, diplomats, and six hundred students. Yet hundreds more followed his hearse through the streets of Berlin, draped with black and crowded with mourners. A wave of memorial orations and obituaries flowed across America. Many of Humboldt's friends used the occasion to assess his work and importance, which at this close view were seen to be staggering, though there was some disagreement as to whether he should be claimed by all the world, or only the world of science.

Keywords: Alexander von Humboldt; Cosmos; death

Chapter.  9913 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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