The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself [ Daniel J. Boorstin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin, published in , is a solid, thoroughly researched and well documented series of 82 essays on the history of human. An original history of man’s greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him. In the compendious history, Boorstin not only traces.

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Covering time, the earth and the seas, nature and society, he gathers and analyzes stories of the man’s profound quest to understand his world and the cosmos. He was the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and for twelve years served as the Librarian of Congress. The influence of the ancient Greek physician Galen on anatomy is the most striking example. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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He even weighed everything that went into and out of the body, initiating the study of metabolism. An adventure story of our gradual awakening to the world through clocks, telescopes, microscopes, maps, and the printing press. In the early seventeenth century William Harvey overturning Galen correctly identified the functioning of the circulatory system.

On the whole, I really enjoyed it.

The Discoverers is a genial, readable, welcome overview of some of the major scientific discoveries in human history, linked together by theme, and a good candidate for “best book that should have been one of discoveers textbooks discoverfrs high school but inexplicably wasn’t”.

Inhe received the National Book Award for lifetime contribution to literature. Zoser was the 1st king of Egyptian king of the third dynasty. Mathematici were expelled not only from Rome and Italy. But now I have twenty or so drawings to use as an avatar. Apr 24, Peter rated it really liked it.


His day of departure, August 2,had also been fixed by their Most Catholic Majesties, Ferdinand and Isabella, as the deadline for the expulsion of all Jews from Spain. Why didn’t the Chinese or Islam invent the movable printing discovereers

The Imperial Astronomers dictated that an eclipse would occur at This year I finally made it through and am happy for it. The book is organized into four ‘Books’. 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 Disxoverers Association because Boorstin “was not a library administrator.

Boorstin has a sense of history as an unfolding story. Fair Winds Soft Words and Luck. I may be be experiencing a bit of a recency bias since he was at the end of the book but he was such a well- This book was a MASSIVE undertaking by Boorstin and apparently is part of a trilogy. Covering time, the earth and Time”, my body shuddered with excitement and in awe.

Nature – Copernican system; telescope and microscope; medicine; The Royal Society; Newtonian physics 4. Empire of the Learned. I am boorztin weary of history books that pretend to be unbiased when they aren’t.

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

Lack of formal education doesn’t preclude one from making significant contributions. I just noticed that this book was published inwhich I think is before the emphasis on multiculturalism was mainstream, so it might disappoint or even offend the more delicate people who expect a more multicultural and global focus from a historical overview.


We see the connections, each new idea leading to others often in different fields. He goes on to coin the term pseudo-event which describes events or activities that serve little to no purpose other than to be reproduced through advertisements or other forms of publicity. It is yhe skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. disdoverers

We must learn from history and not let fear and false confidence block progress and understanding. Aristotle, of course, influences just about everything else. More interesting are the lesser known or even anonymous people who worked to illuminate our world. The Discovery of Asia.

The West attracted many Christians Pilgrims. French clock maker invented the “fuse machine”. Boorstun pages Page 1. I recommend this edition for the fantastic visual context it gives for the huge sweeps of history Boorstin surveys. In this lucky collaboration, Alcuin had the knowledge and the taste to devise standards, Charlemagne had the administrative power, the organization, and the will to enforce them.

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For the film, see The Discoverers film. Sea charts, however, were tested not by literature but by experience. He has been called conservative fhe, biased toward Western culture to the exclusion of other cultures, nationalistic and even postmodern.