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ScienceBy recovering the excitement of Humboldtian explorations and travel experiences, Walls wins back Humboldt for the 21st century. Through her account, he joins forces with present-day heroes such as Edward O. Wilson and his Cosmos of a sort, Consilience, all of them reorienting and transforming disciplines and divisions that threaten 'to leach the poetry out of our technologically driven lives.' Walls reclaims for the present a man whose personality and work had a formative influence on the cultural landscape of antebellum America and whose legacy may to good effect be used in addressing current affairs. I recommend The Passage to Cosmos as a fine piece of Humboldt scholarship, a heartfelt plea for environmental holism, and an enjoyable read.
— Nicolaas A. Rupke