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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Thus in Christian Europe exploration beyond known bounds was considered dangerous as some evil would be lurking. Once a member of the Communist Party in the s he grew to distrust all forms of fanaticism and political ideology and viscoverers to show how such fanaticism was always detrimental to human progress.

He continually praises “true” heroes like Christopher ColumbusIsaac Newton and Madame Curie while questioning image-crafted politicians, entertainers, academics and sports “heroes”. Jan 29, Pablo added it.

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

It may even be advantageous to be an outsider. Now we knew where we were even in the middle of the ocean. While they are interesting people and certainly did much to advance biology, calling them discoverers is a bit of a stretch. And he succeeds admirably.

The Life of Saint Hildegard of Bingenwho at age eight had been consigned to a nunnery with all the last rights of the dead to signify she was buried to the world.

The Discoverers takes a strongly narrative approach to its scope of inquiry, which endeared it to me. Boorstin is apparently a generally strong historian, having written several other acclaimed works like the History Pulitzer winner The Americans, and if that one was anything like this it should be a great read.

I was also happy to finally learn the name for the mythical creatures who had faces in their abdomens: The style of the book was pleasant and interesting if a little idionsyncratic but on balance worth the time. The Discoverers is a history of our attempt to understand the world and our place in it. The art of history was rediscovered in the Renaissance.


A truly encylcopedic view of the history of discovery – well worth reading.

My old paper backdog eared and extensively annotated finally fell apart earlier this year so I bought a second hand hard cover and went on annotating. Ptolemy’s ” Geography” reached Western Europe. An amazing journey through discovery. The Prison of Christian Dogma. Caught in the Cross Fire. Paraclesus, who laid the foundation for disease theory, didn’t have a medical degree. Overwhelming at times, but the prose was extremely readable and you don’t need to have prior extensive knowledge to know what’s this journey is about.

There are two things I really like about this book. Seven hundred years later, when movable type came to Europe, and after only a brief Gothic interlude, the letters were fashioned on the model of Carolingian Minuscule.

The Microscope of Nature. Just as with the discovery of new lands, the discovery of the macro and microscopic realms were inhibited by the doctrinaire Church, the widespread presumption of already knowing, and reliance on intuition. Society – Books, manuscript and printed; History, prehistory, and archeology; Economics and sociology; Post-Newtonian physics from atoms to electromagnetism The Discoverers covers a lot of different topics, but they are arranged in a way disclverers the concepts and events build throughout the book.

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You have to invent Time to invent a watch. Boorstin has a sense of history as an unfolding story. And to borstin a string of eminent figures under a single chapter meant that the depth offered sometimes felt superficial, but most of the time never in a bad way. Dante Aligheri wrote about his journey through the realms of the dead.

But it waited until the nineteenth century for the concept of cultural progress to be explored: The Japanese changed from the “natural” sunlight day divided into six discovdrers hours between sunrise and sunset. The Strasbourg clock is rebuilt with movable feasts, a Copernican planetarium with revolution of the planets, phases of the moon, eclipses, apparent and sidereal times, procession of the equinoxes, and etc.


He was a lawyer and a university professor at the University of Chicago for 25 years. So much is covered in this book that it would be impossible to summarize. Schlesinger, Jr and Brian Barry wrote of potential dangers it posed to a continuing liberal society. Views Read Edit View history. Good LORD it took me a long time to finish this book.

Being right isn’t really necessary to push back the frontiers of knowledge. This is not comprehensive history but a well balanced narrative.

From Qualities to Quantities. Here’s hoping that more people read this book, both to celebrate the great scientists and adventurers of the past, and keep in mind that spirit of discovery. The Temptations of the Moon.

London announced the declaration of war against Spain. How a person forges a new path with insight and research and encourages those two great tasks; yet, his followers deify the thinker, create I enjoyed hearing about human ingenuity over the ages.

The workings of a watch are based on previous technology – metallurgy, mechanisms, and, so it turns out, even the need for a flippin’ watch!

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

Robert Hooke wrote “Micrographia”. As a postmodern writer, he grasped the new reality created by media, what he called “image reality” in which the vehicle newspaper, book, movie, television show, billboard assumes more importance than the reality it portrays or describes.

Aug 09, Colin rated it it was amazing Shelves: You might debate over what he has or has not included but the theme of discovery and progress rolls on. This dixcoverers of particular interest to me for dealing with the watchmaker Well, phew. Universities across Europe conducted classes in Latin.