Berlin Museumsinsel and educational reformer: nature studies vs. language studies; contemplation vs. intellectual restlessness. “It was like that between us from the beginning. Always the most trenchant contrast, yet close cohesion at the same time.” The tension and similarities between these cosmological movements of thought form something resembling Humboldtian principles. Many are strikingly topical and will shape the Humboldt Forum’s programme:
popular forum for encounters, discussion, wonder and learning, insights and cooperation in a complex, contradictory and multifaceted world. In this way we will show how incredibly topical and valid the Humboldtian principles continue to be.