Sidedoor: The Last Man Who Knew It All (Season 5, Ep. 2)

Alexander von Humboldt might not be a name you know, but you can bet you know his ideas.

Back when the United States were a wee collection of colonies huddled on the eastern seaboard, colonists found the wilderness surrounding them scary. It took a zealous Prussian explorer with a thing for barometers to show the colonists what they couldn’t see: a global ecosystem, and their own place in nature. In this episode, we learn how Humboldt—through science and art—inspired a key part of America’s national identity.

Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture will be on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2020.


Science Topics
Biology, Ecology
Social Studies Topics
American History
High School
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Adults

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