An original history of man’s greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him. In the compendious history, Boorstin not only traces. In Boorstin’s bestseller The Discoverers, the achievements of Galileo, Daniel J. Boorstin, Author ABRAMS $75 (p) ISBN An original history of man’s greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him. In the compendious history, Boorstin not only.

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One of my all-time favorite books. 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”.

The Discoverers By: Daniel J. Boorstin

Some of the best quotes from the book: Then, he successively unfurled entire Man’s history. Robert Hooke wrote “Micrographia”. Preview — The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin’s work is nonetheless impressive in its adroit treatment of a sweeping range of subjects with both brevity and clarity and enough specificity to truly enlighten. Again, a need arises and it eventually leads to boorsin. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Bishop Nicole d’Oresme created the unforgettable metaphor: 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. 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 today.


He died in Account Options Sign in. Jan 31, Jaysen Huculak rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Invention of Species.

Another interesting theme was the transformation of old ideas to new; the tenacity of tradition. Then in the 18th century came the concept of prehistory, that there was human life before the 6, years presented in the Bible. With the Middle Ages came maps that relied on myths and bible references rather than ancient knowledge or actual experience.

From Experience to Experiment

While they are interesting people and certainly did much to advance biology, calling them discoverers is a bit of a stretch.

The art of history was rediscovered in the Renaissance. The 18th century invention of the chronometer which kept accurate time on pitching and rolling ships meant longitude could be accurately calculated. The Jesuit Father was in charge of the Emperor’s astronomical affairs.


Isidore of Serville is reputed as one of the most learned men of the age. Bishop, “virtually every thinker and writer of the thousand year medieval period affirmed the spherical shape of the earth. While it’s certainly a book that expounds a great-man’s theory of history, it’s style of writing reminded me of Keegan’s History of Warfare, and I was struck by the sheer joy of following along with Boorstein’s path through modern history.


So was revealed a Chinese Wall of the Mind against the lessons of the rest of the planet. Mar 17, Jim marked it as to-read Shelves: In a good number of them I either found the answer to some question I had always wondered about, or found intriguing discussion of something it had never really occurred to me to wonder about — such as why there are seven days in a week, when nothing in nature dictates it.

For example, he covers the “two great systemizers,” Ray and Linnaeus, who came up with the organization system for species and genuses. Other editions – View all The discoverers: The world we now view from the literate West History contains so much resistance to scientific advancement; it’s crazy.

The hour became our modern hour, one of twenty-four equal parts of the day. I saw an illustration of one of these a long time vaniel in a history book but was unable to find a picture again. I was drawn to it because I love biographies and this was sort of a compilation.