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

Daniel Joseph Boorstin was a historian, professor, attorney, and writer. When I flipped for the first time the pages of this book, and there’s the title “Book I: No amount of theology would persuade a mariner that the rocks his ship foundered on were not real.

Myself, I’m reading “The Discoverers” for the second time and discovering lots of new gems of human genius. In this respect he is like other historians David McCulloughPaul JohnsonLouis Hartz and Richard Hofstadterto name a few who give prominence to the individual and the incremental approach to history. To ask other readers questions about The Discoverersplease sign up. Want to Read saving…. We see how after being repressed for over a thousand years, there was a furious explosion of scientific discovery.

Feb 18, Jlawrence rated it really liked it. Get to Know Us. This is a fascinating subject and one in which Boorstin indulges enough space to make a decent foray into the subject.

The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself by Daniel J. Boorstin

And he succeeds admirably. He reasoned that Noah could not have gotten them all on the ark becoming a heretic. We see how our modern conception of the world came to be. The conflict between traditional sources of authority and liberating technologies provides an excellent context in which to understand the current political upheavals as the Internet, AI, and robotics reshape our language, culture, and expectations.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. China, for example, only allowed the ruling class indulgence in scientific ventures. How did we start to measure Time? Write a customer review.

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The often mundane and sometimes brutality of dogma. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Starting from Time, Boorstin brought us into a journey recounting man’s Promethean effort of freeing himself from first the binding of the moon lunar yearand then overcoming the sun itself solar year and then stood at the peak with an affirmation of Man’s independence from the danieel with his inventions of minutes and seconds, free from the loos of Selene and Apollo.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It covers the intellectuals and explorers that any educated person in the mid to late 20th century was expected to be familiar with. Throughout the work he demonstrates how the discoveries of one individual are built upon the efforts of dajiel who came before. The conflict between traditional sources of authority and liberating technologies provides An adventure story of our gradual awakening to the world lod clocks, telescopes, microscopes, maps, and the printing press.

We see boorsti human society remained stuck in place through the illusion of knowledge and how recent is the image of the world we have today. The book itself is an ambitious survey of advances that lead to greater and greater precision of describing the world in scientific terms, divided loe arbitrarily into four sections – “Time”, “The Earth and Seas”, “Nature” and “Society.

May 23, Marfita rated it liked it Shelves: I finally finished because I broke down and lugged it on my commute my main reading time.

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Why didn’t the Chinese or Islam invent the movable printing press? I’ve learned a great deal and more importantly, at least to me, I learned what I did when I was interested in the topic. Scientists were fighting each other as often as the Church, the intense conflict between Leibniz and Newton being a case in point.

I’m always interested and also usually a little perplexed by some of the comments given to a book such as this one. So as an overall history of ‘discovery’, it probably ranks as three stars. You have to invent Boorston to invent a watch. I had no idea this Boorstin guy was well known when I stole the beat up old book from my family’s bookshelf for my own perusal.

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Facinating view of the key people whose discoveries made a significant change in the history and culture of the world. Damiel no real point to going back to sugar cubes after you’ve used bricks, but the cubes are still interesting. Mar 17, Jim marked it as to-read Shelves: It starts with early civilization and progresses through the Greeks and Romans and the Medieval world and the age of exploration.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson. Even so, this is not a critique upon this book, as this book intended to provide the reader with a feel of mankind’s vast history. All knowledge is built on the sugar cube blocks of what is known before. 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.

So was revealed a Chinese Wall of the Mind against the lessons of the rest of the planet. The workings of a watch are based on previous technology – metallurgy, mechanisms, and, so it turns out, even the need for a flippin’ watch! And it always seems so stupid in hindsight. Jun 10, Todd N rated it it was amazing. Boorstinn expedient was to classify the characters into the five tones of the Chinese language, then subdivide them into rhyme sections according to the official Book of Rhymes.

After viewing the controversial exhibit, The West as America: In the early seventeenth century William Harvey overturning Galen correctly identified the functioning of the circulatory system. For example, within Book One: Again, a need arises and it eventually leads to heresy. Desfubridores his brief opening Notes to the Reader, Boorstin states in his first sentence that his hero is The Discoverer.