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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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The jacket credits the Bettman Archive for the picture, which describes it as “based on a 16th Century Woodcut”.

Genoa’s first mechanical public clock was made in Milan. The general populace spoke local dialects.

From Experience to Experiment

Ptolemy has a similar influence on cartography and astronomy. It’s also interesting to just think about the slow winding pace of knowledge, and the balance between inventing new tools, using those tools to discover new facts about the world, and then taking those facts and building society around them. This theme based history of how the modern world came to be is so much more engaging than the typical geopolitical event based history.

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 book is a history of exploration both geographic and intellectual.

I have read it three times from cover to cover and several more times in bits and pieces. Od kalendara i sata do jezgra atoma. 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. With the Middle Ages came maps that relied on myths and bible references rather than ancient knowledge or actual experience. It’s certainly Eurocentric but not absolutely – for instance, there’s some very interesting stuff about the religious and cultural tolerance of Genghis Khan’s Mongol empire, despite its ‘barbarian’ reputation.


Conversely, Hindus did not explore the seas due to the caste system some were forbidden to travel over salt waterMuslims became satisfied with the Arabian status quo [1] and China, with an increasingly weak central government, lost its drive for exploration and withdrew to its own borders.

Being right isn’t really necessary to push back the frontiers of knowledge. If you find these topics appealing, this is the book. I just noticed that this book was published inwhich I think is before the emphasis on multiculturalism was mainstream, so it might disappoint or even offend the more delicate people who expect a more multicultural and global focus from a historical overview. Consider Galen’s work on medicine, without it The erudition required to weave the multiple weaves of history into a concise umbrella is marvelous.

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. Feb 25, Charles rated it really liked it Shelves: Greeks had figured out how to predict when the rising or setting sun would gild the tip of any particular, which helped them add a glow to their ceremonies and anniversaries.

Paradise Found and Lost. The Appeal of Symmetry. Heinrich Schliemann and Johann Winckelmann established archeology; Christian Thomsen and Jens Jacob Worsaae created the concept of prehistoric time periods stone, iron, etc. If you want to have a grasp on mankind’s history, this book should be on top of your list. He was a lawyer and a university boorstkn at the University of Chicago for 25 years. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases Articles with specifically marked eiscoverers phrases from December This book is about discovery and those interested in a deeper understanding of why the West rose to prominence should look to Civilization: The seventeenth century was also the turning point in physics and mathematics.

The life of the Chinese pioneer Chang Heng. The Ardors of Negative Discovery. Rather it was the extension of the uniqueness of the person forever and ever.


The Discoverers

This journey is about us, after all. Explorers among the Ruins.

The erudition required to weave the multiple weaves of history into a concise umbrella is marvelous. A third theme is the role of tradition and experience in shaping mankind’s history.

Boorstin’s book, particularly chapter 14, “A Flat Earth Returns”, perpetuates the misconception that medieval intellectuals took the world to be flat. Stretch across multiple sheets of paper – View instructions. So as an overall history of ‘discovery’, it probably ranks as three stars.

To Wake the Dead. Archived from the original on His works, therefore, emphasize such “pre-image” concepts as the importance of the individuals, family, tradition, religion, capitalism and democracy. Jan 31, Jaysen Huculak rated it it was amazing Shelves: A truly encylcopedic view of the history of discovery – well worth reading.

From Time, the book moves on to Geography, and more than just if the world is flat, round, or riding on the backs of four elephants on the back of a giant tortoise. Jun 10, Todd N rated it it was amazing.

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

This story of science and exploration is divided into these four books: Bishop, “virtually every thinker and writer of the thousand year medieval period affirmed the spherical shape of the earth. He had studied ancient monuments and recent manuscripts in search of the most boorstun, most legible, and most writable forms.

I had already read a history of newspapers and an expansion on that was fine. For example, long ocean voyages aren’t practical until the clock is perfected. Boorstln Missionary Clock One need not be astonished that the Chinese sages did not make these steps. This is perhaps the most valuable reward offered to those seeking depth not found within this formidable book.