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The World Measurers

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Science  27 Jul 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5837, pp. 454-455
DOI: 10.1126/science.1142791

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Measuring the World. A Novel. By Daniel Kehlmann. Translated from the German () by Carol Brown Janeway. Pantheon, New York, 2006. 262 pp. $23, C$30. ISBN 9780375424465. Quercus, London, 2007. £12.99. ISBN 9781847240453.

Jaguars and Electric Eels. By Alexander von Humboldt. Penguin, London, 2007. 112 pp. Paper, £4.99, C$9.99. ISBN 9780141025452. Great Journeys.

Kehlmann's protagonists are the home-bound mathematical genius Carl Friedrich Gauss and the widely traveled explorer and biogeographer Alexander von Humboldt.