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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Bishop, “virtually every thinker and writer of the thousand year medieval period affirmed the spherical shape of the earth. Retrieved 26 January It wasn’t as compellingly written as I might have liked. Mar 06, Bruce rated it it was amazing. He was an armchair traveller and pursuer of knowledge who was curtailed only by his life’s circumstance Three-and-a-half stars for the book itself, which presents the history of human thought in chapters that detail the world’s greatest discoveries, scientists and thinkers from astronomy to geography to psychology to religion and dozens of other points in between.

The title might suggest that it is the story of Columbus, Magellan, etc.

From Experience to Experiment

That is, an exploration of how we discovered things that one might not normally think of as a discovery, such as the measurement of Time, or how did the idea of divisions in pre-history into Stone, Bronze and Iton ages develop.


While they are interesting people and certainly did much to advance biology, calling them discoverers is a bit of a stretch. He goes on to coin the term pseudo-event which describes events or activities that serve little to no purpose other than to be reproduced through advertisements or other forms of publicity.

The Reign of Secrecy. But it waited until the nineteenth century for the concept of cultural progress to be explored: Rather than learning about battles, kings and politicians we learn how ideas pursued by innovators shaped our culture. The focus is on this process in the west mostly through science and technologywith some passing reference to philosophy and religion.

The Discoverers By: Daniel J. Boorstin

For example, he covers the “two great systemizers,” Ray and Linnaeus, who came up with the organization system for species and genuses. Jun 10, Todd N rated it it was amazing.

Universities across Europe conducted classes in Latin. Priority Becomes the Prize.

Eratosthenes is known for wonderful ancient geographical studies. Heinrich Schliemann and Johann Winckelmann established archeology; Christian Thomsen and Jens Jacob Worsaae created the concept of prehistoric time periods stone, iron, etc.

It’s a book to keep handy on a shelf and dip into whenever and for whatever reason. If you were going on a yearlong cruise and could take only one book, this might be my recommendation.

Beyond the Threatening Cape. Some people [ discovererd Finally in the Turkish government gave permission to print the Koran, but only in Arabic.


I recommend this edition for the fantastic visual context it gives for the huge sweeps of history Boorstin surveys. The Discoverers Volume 2 of Knowledge Series. The West attracted many Christians Pilgrims.

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

After viewing the controversial exhibit, The West as America: 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.

Where can we ever found another book that its author decided to start a chronicle of mankind’s history, not with a material theme such as writing or metal-working, but with a theme much closer to man’s being, that all-mysterious concept, Time? But Judaism was oriented to the past, a historical religion in a sense quite alien to the Hindu, the Buddhist, or the Confucian.

You have to invent Time to invent a watch.

The Portuguese opened a new Eastern waterway to India around the tip of Africa. Strangely it didn’t have very much material on 20th century developments this seems odd. The Old style calendar was changed to the New Style calendar.