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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Aug 22, Stuart Lutzenhiser rated it liked it Shelves: Despite the fact that he served as director of the Smithsonian National Museum of History and Technologyhe was a sharp critic of what he perceived as the institution’s discoverwrs political correctness. It is “The Discover-ers”, rather than “Discovery” itself. It doesn’t have a beginning, middle and end, just a I’m always interested and also usually a little perplexed by some of the comments given to discoferers book such as this one.

This bias is in your face. The Power of the Winds.

He was a lawyer Daniel Joseph Boorstin was a historian, professor, attorney, and writer. In Stephen Harris and Bryon L.

Finally in the Turkish government gave permission to print the Koran, but only in Arabic. The West attracted many Christians Pilgrims. Scientific research, discovery and education became intertwined with the moral good and were elevated to lofty goals within Western societies.


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

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.

The Discoverers as well as The Creators and The Seekers resonates with tales of individuals, their lives, beliefs and accomplishments.

He continually praises “true” heroes like Christopher ColumbusIsaac Newton and Madame Curie while questioning image-crafted politicians, entertainers, academics and sports “heroes”. Punctuality was used in Sheridan’s ” School for Scandal”.

I particularly loved the descriptions of Portugal during the Age of Discovery, the short history of medicine and the long meditations on the role of Christianity and Western Culture on scientific discovery. No amount of theology would persuade a mariner that the rocks his ship foundered on were not real.

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- This book was a MASSIVE undertaking by Boorstin and apparently is part of a trilogy. To India and Back. The last section is on Society: One of the most ambitious books I have ever read.

The Discoverers – Daniel J. Boorstin – Google Books

This was the questionnaire. We see how human society remained stuck in place through the illusion of knowledge and how recent is the image of the world we have boorsrin.


Howeverthis is not a conventional history but a sweeping view across more than years with many of the authors personal opinions and areas of interest providing the necessary stimulating examples to carry this multi layered narrative forward. Other editions – View all Bkorstin discoverers: Covering time, the earth and If you were boorstib on a yearlong cruise and discovdrers take only one book, this might be my recommendation.

Books by Daniel J. Views Read Edit View history. The life of the influential Strabo. One of my all-time favorite books. I’m always interested and also usually a little perplexed by some of the comments given to a book such as this one. The influence of the ancient Greek physician Galen on anatomy is the most striking example. What It Happened in the West. Boorstin filled in many gaps in my own knowledge of discovery and will no doubt produce the same effect in others.

The Discoverers

Genoa’s first mechanical public clock was made in Milan. A truly encylcopedic view of the history of discovery – well worth reading.

Matteo arrives in Goa to study and teach theology. And it always seems so stupid in hindsight.