Los descubridores, tomo IV: La sociedad by Boorstin, Daniel J. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Los descubridores IV: La sociedad by Boorstin, Daniel J. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at The Discoverers is a non-fiction historical work by Daniel Boorstin, published in , and is the first in the Knowledge Trilogy, which also includes The Creators .

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I’m always interested and also usually a little perplexed by some of the comments given to a book such as this one. Strangely it didn’t have very much material on 20th century developments this seems odd. Boorstin’s history brims with this excitement on every page. Sep 16, Eric rated it it was amazing Adniel it for: His capital letters followed the dignified inscriptions of Augustan Rome.

I highly recommended this book to everyone who wished to have a taste in this ocean of mankind’s history. 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. When President Gerald Ford nominated Boorstin to be Librarian of Congress, the nomination was supported by the Authors League of America but opposed by the American Library Association because Boorstin “was not a library administrator.

Now we knew where we were even in the middle of the ocean. Showing of 2 reviews. The Discoverers is a history of our attempt to understand the world and our place in it. Nature – Copernican sy It took me about six weeks to read this book because I wanted to take my time with it. Highly recommended for those interested in a comprehensive history Western discovery and innovation. In the deep recesses of the past, they remain anonymous.

I have read Herodotus and Thucydides in my halcyon youth haha! Boorstin shows us how these creative thinkers were helped or more often held back by political, religious and cultural forces and in turn how their ideas changed these forces. Galen and Dioscorides developed new ideas about medicine in the first and second centuries but even into the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries medical students simply took these ancient writings as bible rather than develop new ideas themselves.


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. And sometimes someone comes along with a brick, and you have to redo from start and use bricks.

We see how after being repressed for over a thousand years, there was a furious explosion of scientific discovery. Food for thought – A major theme in the book is how fear of things that are difficult to understand, religion, and the confidence in one’s existing “knowledge” serve as barriers to true knowledge. The last section is on Society: For Jews, remembering the past was the way to remember their God. It is “The Discover-ers”, rather than “Discovery” itself.

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Rather it was the extension of the uniqueness of the person forever and ever. I particularly enjoyed the chapters related to the prominence of maps, the history of medicine and the economy.

Bien documentado y escrito de manera sencilla. Discovery in many forms is described: I round my review up to four for the fact that my copy is dog-eared and falling apart because it was my late descubridorws favourite book.

Neat and attractive, easy to write and to read, it dominated scriptoria and descubfidores.

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

Also that century the Comte de Buffon gave credibility to boorsitn idea that the earth was far older than 6, years. He was a lawyer Daniel Joseph Boorstin was a historian, professor, attorney, and writer. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

It wasn’t as compellingly written as I might have liked. The final discoverers discussed boorsti Boorstin, Farad This is definitely a book to review while one is reading it. No credit to the Smithsonian.

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I got bogged down in the last bit. This is Boorstin’s exploration of “discoverers” – those who have pushed back the boundaries of the world in time or space those who formulated the calendar, or mapped the world, discovered new trade routes, discovered the principles of mathematics or physics or biology, etc.

The conflict between traditional sources of authority and liberating technologies provides An adventure story of our gradual awakening to the world through clocks, telescopes, microscopes, maps, and the printing press.

Jan 29, Pablo added it. Some of the discoveries are scientific such as the Calculus, the atom, or Evolution. Same with Gutenberg printing pressWebster dictionaryEdward Burnett Tylor cultural anthropologyand several others. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Jun 10, Todd N rated it it was amazing. Newton spent the last years of his life trying to create a chronology for the events in antiquity, including Greek legends.

May 14, Aaron Arnold rated it it was amazing Shelves: Boorstin takes us from the first primitive calendars to the invention of the mechanical clock in the 14th century. Rather than learning about battles, kings and politicians we learn how ideas pursued by innovators shaped our culture. No trivia or quizzes yet. Three-and-a-half stars for the book itself, which presents the history of human thought in chapters that detail the world’s greatest discoveries, scientists and thinkers from astronomy to geography to psychology to religion and dozens of other points in between.

One of the best features of The Discoverers is a wonderful bibliography wherein Boorstin not only lists, but discusses his voluminous source material.