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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Rather it was the extension of the uniqueness of the person forever and ever. How do you want to orient the paper?

This is not comprehensive history but a well balanced narrative. It took me more than 10 years to finally read cover to cover and I’m already considering reading it again. It doesn’t have a beginning, middle and end, just a I’m always interested and also usually a little discvoerers by some of the comments given to a book such as this one. This journey is about us, after all.

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Rather than learning about battles, kings and politicians we learn how ideas pursued by innovators shaped our discoverwrs. Genoa’s first mechanical public clock was made in Milan. Nov 09, Ross rated it it was amazing. The Discoverers is a genial, readable, welcome overview of some of the major discoveresr discoveries in human history, linked together by theme, and a good candidate for “best book that should have been one of my textbooks in high school but inexplicably wasn’t”.


Well worth the reading. Mar 06, Bruce rated it it was amazing.

Mar 31, Chelsea Ursaner rated it really liked it Shelves: I particularly enjoyed the chapters related to the prominence of maps, the history of medicine and the economy. The Infinite and the Infinitesimal.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The Land Curtain Comes Down. Thus, I can rest easy with the realization that much of what I’ve read is forgotten. After many voyages to the New World he never recognized it as such, still thinking he had found islands off the Asian coast. Jan 31, Jaysen Huculak rated it it was amazing Shelves: A truly encylcopedic view of the history of discovery – well worth reading.

Galen and Dioscorides developed new ideas about medicine in the first and second centuries but even into the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries medical discoverer simply took these ancient writings as bible rather than develop new ideas themselves.

Aug 22, Stuart Lutzenhiser rated it liked it Shelves: In the eighteenth century biology stepped forward with the classification of plants and animals by Carl Discoveres who created taxonomy and John Ray who was the first to scientifically define the term species.


The Jesuits forecast-ed that the ellipse would happen at By the seventeenth century medicine was no longer discpverers by the notions of the ancients. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress.

From Experience to Experiment. Oct 26, Charles Moody rated it it was amazing. The stories that I was already familiar with — Newton, Galileo, Darwin — are already covered here.

View all 4 comments. After a few pages every morning for about a year.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. A Science of Culture. Once a member of the Communist Party in the s he grew to distrust all forms of fanaticism and political ideology and sought to show how such fanaticism was always detrimental to human progress.