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An original history of man’s greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him. In the compendious history, Boorstin not only traces. In Boorstin’s bestseller The Discoverers, the achievements of Galileo, Columbus, Darwin, Gutenberg and Freud emerged as upwellings of creativity and. The Discoverers. A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself. by Daniel J. Boorstin. Publication date Topics A

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A few critiques – Sometimes Boorstin would get out of discovery territory and that would bother me. Boorstin is apparently a generally strong historian, having written several other acclaimed works like the History Pulitzer winner The Americans, and if that one was anything like this it should be a great read. For a book about discoveries it seems strange to omit much of century where the most discoveries had been made.

The Appeal of Symmerty. It’s boorsgin neat book, one worth reading – it’s been a while now and I don’t remember most of what is in there, but I can tell you that I’ll never think of clocks the same way again.

The Discoverers: An Illustrated History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself

Archived from the original on It can also be argued that the book takes on too much and consequently has to leave out too much. One of my all-time favorite books. So, while others were talking about how reading the book have a “Sid Meyer’s Civilization” feel to it, the book was not arranged according to inventions or milestones.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For Ciscoverers, remembering the past was the way to remember their God. An adventure story of our gradual awakening to the world through clocks, telescopes, microscopes, maps, and the printing press.

I am so weary of history books that pretend to be unbiased when they aren’t. Discovegers Egyptians invented an everyday calendar. Mar 17, Jim marked it as to-read Shelves: Then in the 18th century came the concept of prehistory, that there was human life before the 6, years presented in the Bible.

The book is a history of exploration both geographic and intellectual. But Judaism was oriented to the past, a historical religion in a sense quite alien to the Dicsoverers, the Buddhist, or the Confucian. Paperbackpages. I got bogged down in the last bit. When President Gerald Ford nominated Boorstin to be Librarian of Congress, the nomination was supported by the Authors League of America but opposed by the American Library Association because Boorstin “was not a library administrator.

Time – how attempts to measure hours and years led to examination of the sky and development of increasingly complex machines 2. I recommend this edition for the fantastic visual context it gives for the huge sweeps of history Boorstin surveys. Paracelsus in the early sixteenth century would lead in new ways of thinking about medicine, embracing chemistry and exploring new mineral and botanical remedies.

All of the above may seem like too much to cover in one volume, but it is well done and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommended this book to everyone who wished to have a taste in this ocean of mankind’s history.

Oct 17, Mamluk Qayser rated it really liked it Shelves: History contains so much resistance to scientific advancement; it’s crazy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In Search of the Missing Link. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.


Misconceptions about the Middle Ages.

The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself by Daniel J. Boorstin

The page numbers follow each named section. The Discoverers Daniel J. Boorrstin Flat Earth Returns. The Reign of Secrecy. The Discovery of Asia. Mostly because, as much as I was enjoying it, the material is pretty dense and requires thought, digestion – who’m I kidding?

This is perhaps the most valuable reward offered to those seeking depth not found within this formidable book. Even with such aids, the selection of the type for a text would be laborious and the replacement of the pieces for reuse would be tedious.

While they are interesting people and certainly did much to advance biology, calling them discoverers is a bit of a stretch. Od kalendara i sata do jezgra atoma. The Chinese Reach Out. A magnificent book never stood alone, for it would introduce us to his infinite friends and the story move on. It is not skeptics or explorers but discoverfrs and bkorstin who menace decency and progress.