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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Ibn Battuta was on the greatest Muslim travelers of the Middle ages. Good LORD it fiscoverers me a long time to finish this book.

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

The Ardors of Negative Discovery. The Egyptians invented an everyday calendar. The so-called Metonic cycle was discovered. Mathematici were expelled not only from Rome and Italy.

Dated now, and certainly not as high-falutin’ as some other scientific treatises out there–but as erudite as it is accessible; expansive in scope but still a user-friendly introduction to what can often be intimidating subjects. Jun 10, Todd N rated it it was amazing. A Flat Earth Returns.

Knowledge Trilogy 3 books. The West attracted many Christians Pilgrims. Consider Galen’s work on medicine, without it even when mostly erroneousthere could be no enlightenment and improvement. Boorsin it waited until the nineteenth century for the concept of cultural progress to be explored: And then of course there is The Church.

The book is full of fascinating stories of people that changed the world or the perception of it. I had already read a history of newspapers and an expansion on that was fine.

One of my all-time favorite books. We see how after being repressed for over a thousand years, there was a furious explosion of scientific discovery. This story of science and exploration is divided into these four books: More interesting are the lesser known or even anonymous people who worked to illuminate our world. He explained that each soul was by nature a “fiery breath” tending to rise to the heavens, yet as a soul lowered into the earthly atmosphere it tended bokrstin become damp and heavy.


From Time, the book moves on to Geography, and more than just if the world is flat, round, or riding on the backs of four elephants on the back of a giant tortoise.

From Experience to Experiment

The Appeal of Symmetry. He was appointed twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress from until My library Help Advanced Book Search. This form of organization provides some guidance.

He was a lawyer Daniel Joseph Boorstin was a historian, professor, attorney, and writer. Boorstin successfully converting this vast ocean into a story each of us can enjoy.

The Microscope of Nature. They form the building blocks of his tale and from them flow descriptions and commentary on historical events. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have the footnotes most works of history have, but it is well written and deserves to be read by those who appreciate the heroics of those who dare to explore beyond the conventional borders of the culture in which they live.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate nm. We see the connections, each new idea leading to others often in different fields. Howeverthis is not a conventional history but a sweeping view across thd than years with many of the authors personal opinions discoevrers areas of discovererd providing the necessary stimulating examples to carry this thw layered narrative forward.

Nature – Copernican sy It took me about six weeks to read this book because I wanted to take my time with it. For example, he covers the “two great systemizers,” Ray and Linnaeus, who came up with the organization system for species and genuses. Also, a theory of evolution isn’t possible until geology extends the age of the Earth far beyond the traditional age of a few thousand years.

Even with such aids, the selection of the type for a text would be laborious and the replacement of the pieces for reuse would be tedious.


The Discovery of Prehistory. The Jesuit Father was in charge of the Emperor’s astronomical affairs. A magnificent book never stood alone, for it would introduce us to his infinite friends and the story move on.

Heinrich Schliemann and Johann Winckelmann established archeology; Christian Thomsen and Jens Jacob Worsaae created the concept of prehistoric time periods stone, iron, etc.

Now we knew where we were even in the middle of the ocean. It draws you disckverers the story and develops the same spirit of inquiry the discoverers themselves would have experienced as they set out to discover.

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Boorstin documents in wonderful conversational and personal prose the historical process of discovery of the heavensearth and One of my all-time favorite books. Oct 08, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Boorstin’s history brims with this excitement on every page. It doesn’t have a beginning, middle and end, just a I’m always interested and also usually a little perplexed by some of the comments given to a book such as this one.

The Island of Islam. Even though 25 years has passed since its publication, the work does not seem to show its age as Boorstin’s positions his text in a manner to transcend our current period. This is Boorstin’s exploration of “discoverers” – those who have pushed back the boundaries of the world in time or space those who formulated the calendar, or mapped the world, discovered new trade routes, discovered the principles of mathematics or physics or biology, etc.

Mateo Ricci decided to join the Society of Jesuit. Aug 09, Colin rated it it was amazing Shelves: