This novel accompanies two outstanding German scientist on their adventures to elicit the world of it's secrets to mankind.
On the one hand we get to know the Prussian aristocrat Alexander von Humboldt, who travels down the Orinoco, inspecting every plant and turning every rock which came his way, counting head lice for scientific purposes; on the other hand we meet the unsocialized scientist and mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, who counts prime numbers in his head and does not even have to leave his home in Göttingen to prove
that space is curved. He is worried about people thinking too slow and as getting older does the same to him, he thinks growing old not to be tragic but ridiculous.
In 1828 both queer old scientists meet in Berlin. They get to know each other but of course do not like each other.
The book is fairly entertaining as one gets to know each scientist chapter wise. I have to admit that I liked the parts about Gauss better, as he really is an odd man who doesn't need more than a sheet of paper and a pen to do science. I liked to read about his peculiarity, although Humboldt was the one who went through adventures like climbing the highest mountain then known to men and hallucinating due to thin air.
If you would like to read a book including strong characters, adventures, travels and a bit of science this book is the right one for you.