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, Daniel J. Boorstin, Author ABRAMS $75 (p) ISBN An original history of man’s greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him. In the compendious history, Boorstin not only.

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That is, an exploration of how we discovered things that one m The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin, published inis a solid, thoroughly researched and well documented series of 82 essays on the history of discovereds discovery.

This new reality can be described as a type of deconstructionismdicsoverers movement Boorstin opposed for that very reason. It’s divided into four main sections: The Temptations of the Moon. You have to invent Time to invent a watch.

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

Mar 17, Jim marked it as to-read Shelves: The Discoverers is a non-fiction historical work by Daniel Boorstinpublished inand is the first in the Knowledge Trilogywhich also includes The Creators and The Seekers. 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.

Boorstin’s reliance on biographic sketches of ‘men of genius’ sometimes neglects the broader social context ciscoverers lead to the discoveries, and sometimes neglects detailing previous advances a particular discoverer was drawing upon. I saw an illustration of one of these a long time ago in a history book but discoverees unable to find a picture again.

He has been called conservativebiased toward Western culture to the exclusion of other cultures, nationalistic and even postmodern. The other novel aspect of the book is the occasional discussion of “why not them?


For a book about discoveries it seems strange to omit much of century where the most discoveries had been made. Fair Winds Soft Words and Luck.

The Discoverers By: Daniel J. Boorstin

So, while others boogstin talking discoveters how reading the book have a “Sid Meyer’s Civilization” feel to it, the book was not arranged according to inventions or milestones. Overall, a highly enjoyable book with prodigious amounts of information to digest. The Power of the Winds.

May 23, Marfita rated it liked it Shelves: 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. The art of history was rediscovered in the Renaissance. He wasn’t successful, but his idea of using astronomy to date events eventually led to a chronology being created.

If you were going on a yearlong daniwl and could take only one book, this might be my recommendation.

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

It’s certainly Eurocentric but not absolutely – for instance, there’s some very interesting stuff about the religious and cultural tolerance of Genghis Khan’s Mongol empire, despite its dizcoverers reputation.

Jan 05, Matt Bianco rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nature – Copernican sy It took me about six weeks to read this book because I wanted to take my time with it. Oct 08, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: The Art of Artificial Writing. I have read it three times from eiscoverers to cover and several more times in bits and pieces. We see the connections, each new idea leading to others often in different fields. It tells the history of scientists and discoverers in the form of a story.


The book is full of fascinating stories of people that changed the world or the perception of it. More interesting are the lesser known or boorstib anonymous people who worked to illuminate our world. Huygens made a watch with a balance spring.

This year I finally made it through and am happy for it. The book itself is an ambitious survey of advances that lead to greater and greater precision of describing the world in scientific terms, divided somewhat arbitrarily into four sections – “Time”, “The Earth and Seas”, “Nature” and “Society.

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During most of human history, even in Western Christendom, as we have seen, there was no uniform scheme—in fact, no scheme at all—for dating events in one place in relation to events in another place.

Boorstin filled in many gaps in my own knowledge of discovery and will no doubt produce the same effect in others. You might debate over what he has or has not included but the theme of discovery and progress rolls on. The role of religion and culture is another recurring theme.

Even with such aids, the selection of the type for a daiel would be laborious and the replacement of the pieces for reuse would be tedious. It’s a book to keep handy on a shelf and dip into whenever and for whatever reason.