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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The Soviet Union aiming to dissolve the Christian year replaced the Gregorian with the Revolutionary calendar. 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.

This also led to the idea of a clockwork universe. An Empire without Wants. An Expanding Universe of Wealth. This theme based history of how the modern world came to be is so much more engaging than the typical geopolitical event based history.

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Some people [ who? Dante Aligheri wrote about his journey through the realms of the dead. This form of organization provides some guidance. However, everyone mentioned in the book — credentialed or not — read and worked constantly.

This was the questionnaire. I round my review up to four for the fact that my copy is dog-eared and falling apart because it was my late father’s favourite book. Starting from Time, Boorstin b When I flipped for the first time the pages of this book, and there’s the title “Book I: The Ardors of Negative Discovery.


We see the connections, each new idea leading to others often in different fields.

China, for example, only allowed the ruling class indulgence in scientific ventures. This only took me 6 weeks.

Quotes from The Discoverers: Jul 11, Max rated it it was amazing Shelves: The title might suggest that it is the story of Columbus, Magellan, etc. Then there is Nature – if you want to discuss a particular plant or animal, how do you know you are discussing the viscoverers ones someone half the globe away is? This books is unabashedly biased, but you know he is biased and you know what that bias is.

Explorers among the Ruins. Universities across Europe conducted classes in Latin.

The Discoverers

All knowledge is built on the sugar cube blocks of what is known before. The book is organized into four ‘Books’. Return to Book Page. Boorstin A History of man’s search to know his world and himself. It took me more than 10 years to finally read cover to cover and I’m already considering reading it again. The author has been crtitcised boorston his concentration on the west.

This is a fascinating subject and one in which Boorstin indulges enough space to make a decent foray into the subject. Also that century the Comte de Buffon gave credibility to the idea that the earth was far older than 6, years.


The Emperor of China ordered all observers in the imperial observatory to keep their business secret ” Not to tell any common people about what they did for a living”.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading and teaching from this book. While Boorstin made many valiant attempts to form connections in the reader’s mind – “Like Balboa speculating on the extent of his great Southern Ocean, or Galileo delighting in the new infinity of the stars, so Leeuwenhoek luxuriated in the minuteness of [cells] and their infinitely vast populations. Hooke conjectured a marine clock made by the use of springs instead of Gravity.

Strangely it didn’t have very much material on 20th century developments this seems odd. This books is unabashedly bias Classical Conversations, for whom I tutor, uses this text for its 12th grade Challenge IV program. Japan was able to make mainsprings for spring driven clocks.

With this in mind, printers equipped themselves with revolving tables, each about seven feet in diameter, topped by a round bamboo frame divided into compartments.

After a while and the magic of Boorstin’s prose kind of stabilized from its heady start, the book is starting to have a biography-like feel to it.

I have read it three times from cover to cover and several more times in bits and pieces.