The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin, published in , is a solid, thoroughly researched and well documented series of 82 essays on the history of human. In Boorstin’s bestseller The Discoverers, the achievements of Galileo, Columbus, Darwin, Gutenberg and Freud emerged as upwellings of creativity and. In the compendious history, Boorstin not only traces man’s insatiable need to know, but also the obstacles to discovery and the illusion that.

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Want to Read saving…. Daniel Joseph Boorstin was a historian, professor, attorney, and writer. Boorstin successfully converting this vast ocean into a story each of us can enjoy. And it always seems so stupid in hindsight.

After a few pages every morning for about a year. He not only saw through the errors of current maps but noted discoverees vast numbers of new species. This was the questionnaire. For a book about discoveries it seems strange to omit much of century where the most discoveries had been made. From Animals to Man. Pope Gregory ordained boorztin October 4 was to be followed by October Nature – Copernican system; telescope and microscope; medicine; The Royal Society; Newtonian physics 4.

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Neither deep nor systematic, this popular history of human discovery is still a fun, albeit anecdotal, read. From Qualities to Quantities. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Lack of formal education doesn’t preclude one from making significant contributions. 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: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself

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. Scripture told the story of the world from Creation, and Jewish holidays were celebrations or re-enactments of the past.


Universities across Europe conducted classes in Latin. Within each Book there are ‘Parts’ of varying numbers and within each Part there are further numbered and named sub-divisions that I suppose could be considered in some way equivalent to chapters. It took me a good while to get through it.

Boorstin’s history brims with this excitement on every page. The author has been crtitcised for his concentration on the west. I believe this book is one of those.

A Flat Earth Returns. More interesting are the lesser known or even anonymous people who worked to illuminate our world.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: William the Conqueror and his men set up the Kingdom of Sicily, where Christians, Jews and Arabs exchange knowledge, arts, and ideas.

Knowledge Trilogy 3 books. Never has a history text been so fascinating to me.

Aug 22, Stuart Lutzenhiser rated it liked it Shelves: Scientific research, discovery and education became intertwined with the moral good and were elevated to lofty goals within Western societies. It draws you into the story and develops the same spirit of inquiry the discoverers themselves would have experienced as they set out to discover. While it’s certainly a book that expounds a great-man’s theory of history, it’s style of writing reminded me of Keegan’s History of Warfare, and I was struck by the sheer joy of following along with Boorstein’s path through modern history.

Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, he left the following in the comment book: The so-called Metonic cycle was discovered. Some of the discoveries are scientific such as the Calculus, the atom, or Evolution. Dead End in Vinland. 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-intentioned visionary and I enjoyed reading his letters.


This theme based history of how the modern world came to be is so much more engaging than the typical geopolitical event based history. Not until the Westernizing reform movements —76 of the mid-nineteenth century that aimed to secularize education did printed books again become a force in the life of Turkey.

Boorstin shows us how these creative thinkers were helped or more often held back by political, religious and cultural forces and in turn how their ideas changed these forces. Stretch across multiple sheets of paper – View instructions. It is important to remember the title while reading the book. This great scientist erected the whole grand structure of his world chronology on the flimsiest possible foundation—the date of the mythical adventure led by Jason to Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece.

Hooke conjectured a marine clock made by the use of springs instead of Gravity. This is definitely a book to review while one is reading it.

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. User Review – Flag as inappropriate 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.

Saint Bartholomew s days ; brutal massacre of Protestants. China, for example, only allowed the ruling class indulgence in scientific ventures.

Maybe this is a historians bias against the recent in favor of the long view. The work is boortin often used as a text in American sociology courses. The Land Curtain Comes Down.