The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself [ Daniel J. Boorstin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin, published in , is a solid, thoroughly researched and well documented series of 82 essays on the history of human. An original history of man’s greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him. In the compendious history, Boorstin not only traces.
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For the film, see The Discoverers film. Orphic Greeks and Etruscans developed a mythology of judgement day. The Power of the Winds. Some of these discoveries are physical, such as the New World or the trade route around Africa.
There are two things I really like about this book. The Witness of the Naked Eye.
The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself by Daniel J. Boorstin
There is immense scholarship that mines the lives disckverers thinkers, scholars, rulers, poets, inventors, scientists, and artists. From manuscripts numbering in the thousands before Gutenberg printed his bible, within 50 years there were ten million books in print. It’s also interesti I listened to the audiobook of this one, which means that I need discoverwrs go back and dive in deeper, but on the surface, the book was aesthetically beautiful and the conclusions pushed me to think a lot about progress, achievement, multiculturalism and the pursuit of knowledge.
Once a member of the Communist Party in the s he grew to distrust all forms of fanaticism and political ideology and sought to show how such fanaticism was always detrimental to human progress.
Bishop Nicole d’Oresme created the unforgettable metaphor: And then of course there is The Church. Then, he successively unfurled entire Man’s history. Jul 11, Max rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author has been crtitcised for his concentration on the west.
The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself
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. That is, an exploration of how we discovered things that one might not normally think of as a discovery, such as boorztin measurement of Time, or how did the idea of divisions in pre-history into Stone, Bronze and Iton ages develop.
I’m always interested and also usually a little perplexed by some of the comments given to a book such as this one.
It can also be argued that the book takes on too much and consequently has to leave out too much. That is, an exploration of how we discovered things that one m The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin, published inis a solid, thoroughly researched and well documented series of 82 essays on the history of human discovery.
Selected pages Page 1. The Geography of the Imagination. For Jews, remembering the past was the way to remember their God.
The Discoverers. A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself
It draws you into the story and develops the diacoverers spirit of inquiry the discoverers themselves would have experienced as they set out to discover. Ptolemy’s ” Geography” reached Western Europe. Aug 22, Stuart Lutzenhiser rated it liked it Shelves: He became an exponent of tradition, wary of the implications of multiculturalism and along with Arthur M.
Pope Gregory ordained that October 4 was to be followed by October We see how after being repressed for discovererz a thousand years, there was a furious explosion of scientific discovery. Paradise Found and Lost. In retrospect, it seems the whole chronicle of the discoverers in all areas has been leading up to that discovery, and the possibility of future revelations presaged by this is boorstn exciting.
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The earliest verifiable eclipse reported by any people is recorded by the Chinese. One of the most ambitious books I have ever read. But his texts were authoritative for over fourteen centuries. Highly recommended for those interested in a comprehensive history Western discovery and innovation.
He addresses themes such as philosophy and art in the companion volumes The Seekers and The Creators. The Missionary Clock One need not be astonished that the Chinese sages did not make these steps.