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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Mar 17, Jim marked it as to-read Shelves: The section on Time was really eye-opening. The Land Curtain Comes Down.

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

There were no national languages in Germany, France, England, Italy or anywhere else. Why didn’t the Chinese or Islam invent the movable printing press? Fair Winds Soft Words and Luck. And to need a watch, you need a reason for Time to be cut up in those pieces. The workings of a watch are based on previous technology – metallurgy, mechanisms, and, so it turns out, even the need for a flippin’ watch!

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 boorsti it tended to become damp and heavy.

From Experience to Experiment

The Power of the Winds. Being right isn’t really necessary djscoverers push back the frontiers of knowledge. The Prison of Christian Dogma.

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Thus, I can rest easy with the realization that much of what I’ve read is forgotten. Toward a World Literature. When their empire faded, the Turks and Arabs blocked the way. The parts on economics should have interested me more, but by this time I was tired of the book and looking forward to the “Some Reference Notes” which turned out to be a chatty and enthusiastic bibliography.

I believe this book is one of those. The 18th century invention of the chronometer which kept accurate time on pitching and rolling ships meant longitude could be accurately calculated.

Although had to restart many times I kept returning to and attempting to read. After a while and the magic of Boorstin’s prose kind of stabilized from its heady start, the book is starting to have a biography-like feel to it.

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

Oct 17, Mamluk Qayser rated it really liked it Shelves: Giovanni de’ Dondi completed a clock that combined a planetarium and a timepiece. Neat and attractive, easy to write and to read, it dominated scriptoria and libraries.

Boorstin died in in Washington, D. Many discpverers these essays will be just as interesting to readers 50 or years from now. 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. Feb 18, Jlawrence rated it really liked it.

Hokusai made the “Thirty-six Views of Fuji” which showed the many faces of the sacred heights. Even though 25 years has passed since its publication, the work does not seem to show its age as Boorstib positions his text in a manner to transcend our current period.


Why Not the Arabs? Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from December Overall, a highly enjoyable book with prodigious amounts discoveres information to digest.

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I recommend this edition for the fantastic visual context it gives for the huge sweeps of history Boorstin surveys. If you were going on a yearlong cruise and could take only one book, this might be my recommendation.

Grossly underestimating the distance to Asia, he was boortsin America was there. The first steps on the path to our current hectic lives had been taken. While Boorstin made many valiant attempts to form connections in the reader’s mind – “Like Balboa speculating on the extent of his great Southern Ocean, or Galileo delighting in the new infinity of the stars, so Leeuwenhoek luxuriated in the minuteness of [cells] and their infinitely vast populations.

The Invention of Species. Prior to Guttenberg, scholarly texts were written in Latin. With this in mind, printers equipped themselves with revolving tables, each about seven feet in diameter, topped by a round bamboo frame discoverfrs into compartments.

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