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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The Discoverers By: Daniel J. Boorstin

The book is a history of exploration both geographic and intellectual. An Expanding Universe of Wealth.

Now people could live from hour to hour. Even though 25 years has passed since its publication, the work dsicoverers not seem to show its age as Boorstin’s positions his text in a manner to transcend our current period. He was an armchair traveller and pursuer of knowledge who was curtailed only by his life’s circumstances from being an adventurer and discoverer himself. Boorstin successfully converting this vast ocean into a story each of us can enjoy.

The Discovery of Prehistory. It describes the step-by-step advances in human knowledge in many areas, as societies began to measure time, became determined to explore and map the earth and seas, sought to catalog nature, encountered the need to record and transmit knowledge, and eventually recognized the importance of excavating and studying their own past.

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There were no national languages in Germany, France, England, Italy or anywhere else. Proclus was one of the last great Greek Neoplatonists. Covering time, the earth and Good LORD it took me a long time to finish this book.

We see the connections, each new idea leading to others often in different fields. Calvin wrote “Institutes of the Christian Religion”.

From Experience to Experiment

A German clock maker devised a little lathe, also known as a compound. The Awe of Mountains. The Microscope of Nature. Boorstin documents in wonderful conversational and personal prose the historical process of discovery of the heavensearth and man – of himself and his place in the cosmos.

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Strangely it didn’t have very much material on bootstin century d The book is a history of exploration both geographic and intellectual. Paracelsus in the early sixteenth century would lead in new ways of thinking about medicine, embracing chemistry and exploring new mineral and botanical remedies.

He was a lawyer and a university professor at the University of Chicago for 25 years.

Of course no book seeking to discuss man’s discoveries throughout time including, of course, time itself could be anywhere near comprehensive, nor could it be all inclusive. This bias is in your face. 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.

It’s also interesti I listened to the audiobook of this one, which means that I need to go back and dive in deeper, but on the surface, the book was aesthetically beautiful and the conclusions pushed me to think a lot about discovfrers, achievement, multiculturalism and the pursuit of knowledge.


Overall, a highly enjoyable book with prodigious amounts of information to digest.

It is important to remember the title while reading the book. Thus, in the chapter “In Search of the Missing Link”, he features Edward Tyson and his contributions in comparative anatomy. There are two things I really like about this book. Heinrich Schliemann and Johann Winckelmann established archeology; Christian Thomsen and Jens Jacob Worsaae created the concept of prehistoric time periods stone, iron, etc.

The Discoverers

Thus in Christian Europe exploration beyond known bounds was considered dangerous as some evil would be lurking. An English fleet foundered on the rocks discovererss Scilly Islands. View all 4 comments. In this respect he is like other historians David McCulloughPaul JohnsonLouis Hartz and Richard Hofstadterto name a few who give prominence to the individual and the incremental approach to history.

Orphic Greeks and Etruscans developed a mythology of judgement day. For a book discoverrrs discoveries it seems strange to omit much of century where the most discoveries had been made.