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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The Discoverers is a genial, readable, welcome overview of some of the major scientific discoveries in human history, linked together by theme, and a good candidate bokrstin “best book that should have been one of my textbooks in high school but inexplicably wasn’t”.

Time, which discusses the inventions of the calendar and clock; The Earth and Seas, which recounts the refinement of mapping, geography, and exploration; Nature, which covers astronomy, medicine, and physics; and Society, which wraps up the modern era as an age where people have studied themselves and their works in unprecedented detail.

Thomsen’s was able to discern separate Stone, Iron, and Bronze ages because his mind wasn’t influenced by the inaccurate academic theories of the day.

May 14, Aaron Arnold rated it it was amazing Shelves: His works, therefore, emphasize such “pre-image” concepts as the importance of the individuals, family, tradition, religion, discoverefs and democracy. Not that he ignores other major cultures with many references to IslamIndia and China. The book is organized into four ‘Books’.

Faraday’s insights into electromagnetism were probably possible because he wasn’t formally trained in the math of Newtonian physics.


Discovery in many forms is described: It’s a book to keep handy on a shelf and dip into whenever and discoversrs whatever reason. In the compendious history, Boorstin not only traces man’s insatiable need to know, but also the obstacles to discovery and the illusion that knowledge can also put in our way. The hour became our idscoverers hour, one of twenty-four equal parts of the day.

I found this book very challenging to read. Time”, my body shuddered with excitement and in awe.

The Discoverers

A Flat Earth Returns. Shogun was pages and I read it in six days. Society – Books, manuscript and printed; History, prehistory, and archeology; Economics and sociology; Post-Newtonian physics from atoms to electromagnetism The Boortsin covers a lot of different topics, but they are arranged in a way that the concepts and events build throughout the book.

The Ardors of Negative Discovery. The Great stupa of Borobudur in Java was created. I saw an illustration of one of these a long time ago in a history book but was unable to find a picture again.

There were no national discoverera in Germany, France, England, Italy or anywhere else. On the whole, I really enjoyed it. This books is unabashedly bias Classical Conversations, for whom I tutor, uses this text for its 12th grade Challenge IV program.

This book is about discovery and those interested in a deeper understanding of why the West rose to prominence should look to Civilization: Boorstin’s book, particularly chapter 14, “A Flat Earth Returns”, perpetuates the misconception that medieval intellectuals took the world to be flat. Open Sesame to China.

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

Good luck reading it quickly. I believe this book is one of those. Rather it was the extension of the uniqueness of the person forever and ever. Strangely it didn’t have very much material on 20th century developments this seems odd.


An amazing journey through discovery.

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Never has a history text been so fascinating to me. The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson. Paracelsus in the early sixteenth century would lead in new ways of thinking about medicine, embracing chemistry and exploring new mineral and botanical remedies. In” Rake’s Progress” Hogarth tries to solve the puzzle of longitude. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

It’s divided into four main sections: The Portuguese opened a new Eastern waterway to India around the tip of Africa. One of the best features of The Discoverers is a wonderful bibliography wherein Boorstin not only lists, but discusses his voluminous source material.

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He reasoned that Noah could not have gotten them all on the ark becoming a heretic. Ptolemy’s ” Geography” reached Western Europe. My favorite discoverer was probably Keynes.