The Discoverers

The Discoverers


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The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394726250
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1985
Pages: 745
Sales rank: 258,675
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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 Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and for twelve years served as the Librarian of Congress. He died in 2004.

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 More than 1 year ago
The story of some of mankind's greatest discoveries written in an engaging narrative.
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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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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.