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The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

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Daniel Boorstin, former librarian of the Library of Congress, gives a fascinating history of world civilization. From astronomical development, microscopes, telescopes, medicine, vaccines, genetics and map-making, this book delves into the discoveries of our world and the freedoms those discoveries bestowed. With the breadth and depth of this study, Boorstin relieves the world of its fictitious beliefs and encourages a more modern and scientific approach to the world around us. Discovery is not the main event, but convincing people to accept the facts as a new way of life is the key to the growth of mankind.

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"Compellingly readable...a remarkable narrative of the grand intellectual venture of humankind, rich in fascinating, often dramatic details" The Wall Street Journal

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"A sumptuous, totally engaging panorama. No one who reads it will look at the chronicle of human ingenuity in the same way again. History at its best; Boorstin at his best. I loved all of it" David McCullough

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"A new and fascinating approach to history...rich in unknowns and surprises." Barbara W. Tuchman

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"A ravishing book...[with] a verve, an audacity and a grasp of every sort of knowledge that is outrageous and wonderful...I can't think of any other living writer who could have attempted, let alone accomplished it." Alistair Cooke

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"History written in the grand style..I cannot readily recall another book from which I learned so many new things...few indeed will be the readers who do not themselves become discoverers." The Washington Post Book World

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

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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wmy1946, September 22, 2008 (view all comments by wmy1946)
"The Discoverers", "The Creators", and "The Seekers": Minus the math, a high school education in three books.
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ISBN:
9780394726250
Author:
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Poland
Subject:
Authors, polish
Subject:
Discoveries in geography
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
Poland History 1980-1989.
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
history;science;non-fiction;exploration;history of science;civilization;world history;discovery;geography;intellectual history;biography;reference;explorers;philosophy;world;astronomy;culture;technology;cultural history;inventions;history of ideas;boorsti
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
February 1985
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 1.3 in 1.2 lb

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"Review" by , "Compellingly readable...a remarkable narrative of the grand intellectual venture of humankind, rich in fascinating, often dramatic details"
"Review" by , "A sumptuous, totally engaging panorama. No one who reads it will look at the chronicle of human ingenuity in the same way again. History at its best; Boorstin at his best. I loved all of it"
"Review" by , "A new and fascinating approach to history...rich in unknowns and surprises."
"Review" by , "A ravishing book...[with] a verve, an audacity and a grasp of every sort of knowledge that is outrageous and wonderful...I can't think of any other living writer who could have attempted, let alone accomplished it."
"Review" by , "History written in the grand style..I cannot readily recall another book from which I learned so many new things...few indeed will be the readers who do not themselves become discoverers."
"Synopsis" by , An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him.
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