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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On the whole, I really enjoyed it.

Selected pages Page 1. The book is divided into many small sections, each having its own arc of significance with a beginning, middle and end.

From Experience to Experiment

The Soviet Union aiming to dissolve the Christian year replaced boorstin Gregorian with the Revolutionary calendar. It’s a neat book, one worth reading – it’s been a while now and I don’t remember most of what is in there, but Discoverer can tell you that I’ll never think of clocks the same way again.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading and teaching from this book. It’s a book to keep handy on a shelf and dip into whenever and for whatever reason.

I’ve learned a great deal and more importantly, at least to me, I learned what I did when I was interested in discoveerers topic. I was also happy to finally learn the name for the mythical creatures who had faces in their abdomens: Strangely it didn’t have very much material on 20th century d The book is a history of exploration both geographic and intellectual. Grossly underestimating the distance to Asia, he was lucky America was there. Genoa’s first mechanical public clock was made in Milan.

This books is unabashedly biased, but you know he is biased and you know what that bias is. To ensure the accuracy of holy texts it was essential to bring dankel learned world together.

Explorers among the Ruins. The life of the Chinese pioneer Chang Heng. Cambodian king Suryavarman built the the most gigantic religious monument in the world of the bootstin temple complex of Angkor Wat. This is definitely a book to review while one is reading it.


This only took me 6 weeks. Scientific research, discovery and education became intertwined with the moral good and were elevated to lofty goals within Western societies. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever. These general topics are related to the reader through the stories of the explorers and scientists who uncovered new lands and new knowledge, and Boorstin’s smooth writing style and talent for both panoramic surveys and detailed explanations should make the content stick in the mind a bit better than the somewhat disjointed style of most textbooks.

It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. Measuring the Dark Hours. Boorstin, a reform Jew, has been described as a “secular, skeptical moderate Northeastern liberal of the New Deal rather than the New Left school. He suggests that Jews and Christians, primarily from Western Europecame to believe that the Creator wished them to unravel the secrets of His universe.

We see how our modern conception of the world came to be.

The Discoverers

While Boorstin made many valiant attempts to form connections in the reader’s mind – “Like Balboa speculating on the extent of riscoverers great Southern Ocean, or Galileo delighting in the new infinity of the stars, so Leeuwenhoek luxuriated in the minuteness of [cells] and their infinitely vast populations. By recalling the favors and the tribulations that God had visited on them, Jews discovered and remembered their mission as a chosen people.

Boorstin isn’t afraid to take down historical favorites such as Adam Smith and Colombus whom he has a particular dislikebut balances his critique with the application credit where and when it’s due. Even when not actively blocking progress, it still provides such a complete structure for the mind that it is almost like a mental prison that very few are able to escape from.


The often mundane and sometimes brutality of dogma. After a while and the magic of Boorstin’s prose kind of stabilized from its heady start, the book is starting to have a biography-like feel to it.

The Awe of Mountains. This long chain of incremental improvements – one generation improving or amplifying the results of previous generations – contrasts sharply with the idea of overthrowing the current order and replacing it with revolutionary ideas originating not in experience but in ideology.

Why Not the Arabs? Ibn Battuta was on the greatest Muslim travelers of the Middle ages. Greeks had figured out how to predict when the rising or setting sun would gild the tip of any particular, which helped them add a glow to their ceremonies and anniversaries. To avoid state and church censorship and establish authorship, the Royal Society under Henry Oldenburg began accepting letters documenting discoveries and publishing them in journals.

Ptolemy’s ” Geography” reached Western Europe. An adventure story of our gradual awakening to the world through clocks, telescopes, microscopes, maps, and the printing press.

Fair Winds Soft Words and Luck. The Witness of the Naked Eye.

Jul 11, Max rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thomsen’s was able to discern separate Stone, Iron, and Bronze ages because his mind wasn’t influenced by the inaccurate academic theories of the day. Then in the 18th century came the concept of prehistory, that there was human life before the vaniel, years presented in the Bible. In the eighteenth century biology stepped forward with the classification of plants and animals by Carl Linnaeus who created taxonomy and John Ray who was the first to scientifically define the term species.