The Discoverers

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

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780394726250
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1985
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 745
  • Sales rank: 173,162
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    How history class should be!

    The story of some of mankind's greatest discoveries written in an engaging narrative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    My third go around! I just love this book...so well written.

    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.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2006

    Exceptional reading

    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.

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