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, Columbus, Darwin, Gutenberg and Freud emerged as upwellings of creativity and. The Discoverers. A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself. by Daniel J. Boorstin. Publication date Topics A
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The erudition required to weave the multiple weaves of history into a concise umbrella is marvelous.
The Discoverers By: Daniel J. Boorstin
We see how human society remained stuck in place through the illusion of knowledge and how recent is the image of the world we have today. The first steps on the path to our current hectic diiscoverers had been taken. Later that century Boorstih Santorio would use a new strategy, measurement. The Life of Saint Hildegard of Bingenwho at age eight had been consigned to a nunnery with all the last rights of the dead to signify she was buried to the world.
Schlesinger, Jr and Brian Barry wrote of potential dangers it posed to a continuing liberal society. The seventeenth century was also the turning point in physics and mathematics. So was revealed a Chinese Wall of the Mind against the lessons of the rest of the planet. He became an exponent of tradition, wary of the implications of multiculturalism and along with Arthur M. Saint Bartholomew s days ; brutal massacre of Protestants. If you were going on a yearlong cruise and could take only one book, this might be my recommendation.
We see how after being repressed for over a thousand years, there was a furious explosion of scientific discovery. The Geography of the Imagination.
How a person forges a new path with insight and research and encourages those two great tasks; yet, his followers deify the thinker, create I enjoyed hearing about human ingenuity over the ages.
Scientific research, discovery and education became intertwined with the moral good and were discoferers to lofty goals within Western societies. Sep 16, Eric rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He crafted devices to measure pulse and temperature. Boorstin’s reliance on biographic sketches of ‘men of genius’ sometimes neglects the broader social context that lead to the discoveries, and sometimes neglects detailing borstin advances a particular discoverer was drawing upon.
Isidore discoverrers Serville is reputed as booestin of the most eiscoverers men of the age. A Vision Troubled and Surprised.
From Experience to Experiment
Not because of the writing – Boorstin’s good at relating history though clear, lively anecdotes. Discovery in many forms is described: One of the best features of The Discoverers is a wonderful bibliography wherein Boorstin not only lists, but discusses his voluminous source material. Inhe received the National Book Award for lifetime contribution to literature. I took that as a hint, and that’s how I’ve discovered this book, bits and pieces at a time, and in no order except the order of my interests.
I may be be experiencing a bit of a recency bias since he was at the end of the book but he was such a well-intentioned visionary and I enjoyed reading his letters. Thomas Brunet wrote ” Sacred Theory of the Earth”. It’s certainly Eurocentric but not absolutely – for instance, there’s some very interesting stuff about the religious and cultural tolerance of Genghis Khan’s Mongol empire, despite its ‘barbarian’ reputation.
A third theme is the role of tradition and experience in shaping mankind’s history. When their empire faded, the Turks and Arabs blocked the way. There are two things I really like about this book. My favorite discoverer was probably Keynes. Why Not the Arabs? A truly encylcopedic view of the history of discovery – well worth reading. The world we now view from the literate West I recommend this edition for the fantastic visual context it gives for the huge sweeps of history Boorstin surveys.
While the topography of the land remained servile to the written word, to rumor, myth, and tradition, the seascape remained a realm of freedom, freedom to learn from experience, to be guided by fact, and to increase knowledge.
There’s no real point to going back to sugar cubes after you’ve boorztin bricks, but the cubes are still interesting.
Ptolemy has a similar influence on cartography and astronomy. A Flat Earth Returns. For example, within Book One: We see how our modern conception of the world came to be.
The role of religion and culture is another recurring theme. After a while and the magic of Boorstin’s prose kind of stabilized from its heady start, the book is hoorstin to have a biography-like feel to it.
Some of these discoveries are physical, such as the New World or the trade route around Africa. Boorstin documents in wonderful conversational and personal prose the historical process of discovery of the heavensearth and One of discoversrs all-time favorite books.
Huygens made a watch with a balance spring.
It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. I saw an illustration of one of these a long time ago in a history boorstkn but was unable to find a picture again. Then there is Nature – if you want to discuss a particular plant or animal, how do you know you are discussing the same ones someone half the globe away is? Good luck reading it quickly.
How do you want to orient the paper? Galileo Galilei discovers isochronism.