The Discoverers

The Discoverers

3.8 9
by Daniel J. Boorstin
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him.  See more details below

Overview

An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" 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
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Boorstin's 1983 bestseller The Discoverers , the achievements of Galileo, Columbus, Darwin, Gutenberg and Freud emerged as upwellings of creativity and courage, ingenious acts of revolt against ingrained habit. This richly illustrated two-volume edition reveals the world as known to the discovers themselves. We see the tools of discovery--Egyptian obelisks, early clocks, Leeuwenhoek's microscope, Mercator's maps, botanical drawings from James Cook's voyages--and glimpse the social, cultural and political background, made concrete in 550 pictures including paintings, sculpture, engravings and architecture. A photograph of 15th-century cast bronze type from Korea underscores an Eastern invention that could have changed the course of printing, perhaps of science and culture. In a feast for the mind and eye, itself a delightful adventure in discovery, Boorstin, librarian of Congress emeritus, profiles--and places in context--scores of innovators who broke with dogma and tradition. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394726250
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1985
Pages:
745
Sales rank:
180,727
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.26(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Discoverers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of some of mankind's greatest discoveries written in an engaging narrative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel Boorstin brings to life the people who made our life what it is today. This book absolutely captivates the reader and it has remained one of my favorite reads since it was published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TN205 More than 1 year ago
The Discoverers is everything that you needed to know whether you realized it or not. It does not have to be read straight through, you can just open it anywhere and read a bit (I bet you can't stop at one paragraph).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beginning a bit slow, this opus provides a comprehensive history of the world. Important figures from all of time and their impact on life as we know abound in this wonderful work. Boorstin writes in a very fluid, easy style. Events are presented in chronological order, tying into each other. Highly recommended for history buffs.