The Discoverers: A History Of Man's Search To Know His World And Himself by Daniel J. BoorstinThe Discoverers: A History Of Man's Search To Know His World And Himself by Daniel J. Boorstin

The Discoverers: A History Of Man's Search To Know His World And Himself

byDaniel J. Boorstin

Paperback | February 12, 1985

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An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him.  In the compendious history, Boorstin not only traces man's insatiable need to know, but also the obstacles to discovery and the illusion that knowledge can also put in our way. Covering time, the earth and the seas, nature and society, he gathers and analyzes stories of the man's profound quest to understand his world and the cosmos.
Daniel J. Boorstin was the author of The Americans, a trilogy (The Colonial Experience; The National Experience, and The Democratic Experience) that won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1989, he received the National Book Award for lifetime contribution to literature. He was the director of the ...
Title:The Discoverers: A History Of Man's Search To Know His World And HimselfFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1.3 inPublished:February 12, 1985Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0394726251

ISBN - 13:9780394726250


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I Have Ever Read in my Whole Life This book is by far the best book to have ever graced my bookshelf. Exploring the basis of the human condition and learning, Boorstin provides an endless commentary of information and insight into several of mans greatest conceptual and intellectual achievements. Truly a brilliant work.
Date published: 2008-12-06

Table of Contents

Book One: Time
The Heavenly Empire
From Sun Time to Clock Time
The Missionary Clock

Book Two: The Earth and the Seas
The Geography of the Imagination
Paths to the East
Doubling the World
The American Surprise
Sea Paths to Everywhere

Book Three: Nature
Seeing the Invisible
Inside Ourselves
Science Goes Public
Cataloguing the Whole Creation

Book Four: Society
Widening the Communities of Knowledge
Opening the Past
Surveying the Present

Editorial Reviews

"Compelling readable. . . . A remarkable narrative of the grand intellectual venture of humankind, rich in fascinating, often dramatic details."—The Wall Street Journal"A sumptuous, totally engaging panorama. No one who reads it will look at the chronicle of human ingenuity in the same way again." —David McCullough"Written with great verve . . . [Boorstin's] learning, wit, and lucidity should ensure that he will bring pleasure to a large group of reader."  —The New York Review of Books"History with a human touch."  —Newsday"A grand and exhilirating voyage, a bold attempt to circumnavigate the intellectual globe."  —The Philadlephia Inquirer