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

This book is required reading for anyone trying to understand how the world works. Time”, my body shuddered tge excitement and in awe. For a book about discoveries it seems strange to omit much of century where the most discoveries had been made.

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I listened to the audiobook of this one, which means that I need to 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.

Thus, in the chapter “In Search of the Missing Link”, he features Edward Tyson and his contributions in comparative anatomy.

Herodotus described the Tower of Babel as a pile of solid towers, each slightly smaller than the one on which it rested.

In Stephen Harris and Bryon L. Boorstin, perhaps argues, for the genius of iteration as well urges people to be open to new ideas.

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

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 nature with his inventions of minutes and seconds, free from the binding of Selene and Apollo. Galen and Dioscorides developed new ideas about medicine in the first and second centuries but even into the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries medical students simply took these ancient writings as bible rather than develop new ideas themselves.


Amerigo Vespucci who explored most of the east coast of South America, did realize he had found a fourth continent and documented it. The Reign of Secrecy. Boorstin’s book is a tour de force, pulling together sources from multiple sources and cultures to give us a mirror of our intellectual, scientific evolution.

I may be be experiencing a bit of a recency bias since he was at the end of the book but he was such a well-intentioned visionary and I enjoyed reading his letters. Mathematici were expelled not only from Rome and Italy. Now we knew where we were even in the middle of the ocean. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Of course no book seeking to discuss man’s discoveries throughout time including, of course, time itself could be anywhere near comprehensive, nor could it be all inclusive.

Boorstin’s reliance on biographic sketches of tge of genius’ sometimes neglects the broader social context that lead to the discoveries, and sometimes neglects detailing previous advances a particular boogstin was drawing upon. The Discoverers is a non-fiction historical work by Daniel Boorstinpublished inand is the first in the Knowledge Trilogywhich also includes The Creators and The Seekers.

I have read Herodotus and Thucydides in my halcyon youth haha! Cambodian king Suryavarman built the the most gigantic religious monument in the world of the stupa temple complex of Angkor Wat. Aug 09, Colin rated it it was amazing Shelves: French clock maker invented the “fuse machine”. The influence of the ancient Greek physician Galen on anatomy is the most striking example.


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Being right isn’t really necessary to push back the frontiers of knowledge. One of my all-time favorite books.

Sep 16, Eric rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: What It Happened in the West. Why didn’t the Chinese or Islam invent the movable printing press? There is immense scholarship that mines the lives of thinkers, scholars, rulers, poets, inventors, scientists, and artists.

This great scientist erected the whole grand structure of his world chronology on the flimsiest possible foundation—the date of the mythical adventure led by Jason to Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece. The final discoverers discussed by Boorstin, Farad This is definitely a book to review while one is reading it. 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 tge that detail the riscoverers greatest discoveries, scientists and thinkers from astronomy to geography to psychology to religion and dozens of other points in between.

I got bogged down in the last bit.