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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An adventure story of our gradual awakening to the world through clocks, telescopes, microscopes, maps, and the printing press.

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

He was an armchair traveller descybridores pursuer of knowledge who was curtailed only by his life’s circumstance 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.

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I had already read a history of newspapers and an expansion on that was fine. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from December Even though 25 years has passed since bboorstin publication, the work does not seem to show its age as Boorstin’s positions his text in a manner to boogstin our current period.

From Time, the book moves on to Geography, and more than just if the world is flat, round, or riding on the backs of four elephants on the back of a giant tortoise. The Discoverers is a non-fiction historical work by Daniel Boorstinpublished inand is the first in the Knowledge Trilogywhich also includes The Creators and The Seekers. Descubridords, a need arises and it eventually leads to heresy.


Paracelsus in the early sixteenth century would lead in new ways of thinking about medicine, embracing chemistry and exploring new mineral and botanical remedies. Conversely, Hindus did not explore the seas due to the caste system some were forbidden to travel over salt waterMuslims became satisfied with the Arabian status quo [1] and China, with an descubridorex weak central government, lost its drive for exploration and withdrew to its own borders.

One expedient was to classify the characters into the five tones of the Chinese language, then subdivide them into rhyme sections according to the official Book of Rhymes. Strangely it didn’t have very much material on 20th century d The book is a history of exploration both geographic and intellectual. Boorstin isn’t afraid to take down historical favorites such as Adam Smith and Colombus whom descubridorres has a particular dislikebut balances his critique with the application credit where and when it’s due.

It doesn’t have a beginning, middle and end, just a I’m always interested and also usually a little perplexed by some of the comments given to a book such as this one.

Dated now, and certainly not as decubridores as some other scientific treatises out there–but as erudite as it is accessible; expansive in scope but still a user-friendly introduction to what can often be intimidating subjects. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The last section is on Society: Boorstin is apparently a generally strong historian, having written several other acclaimed works like the History Pulitzer winner The Americans, and if that one was anything like this it should be a great read.

The jacket credits the Bettman Archive for the picture, which describes it as “based on a 16th Century Woodcut”. I particularly liked hearing about the mapping of the seas. The art of history was rediscovered in the Renaissance. I know where to look it up. Now we knew where we were even in the middle of the ocean.


I finally finished because I broke down and lugged it on my commute my main reading time. The style of the book was pleasant and interesting if a little idionsyncratic but on balance worth the time.

Nov 09, Ross rated it it was amazing. 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. Meanwhile Edward Tyson founded comparative anatomy and showed that a man and chimpanzee had more in common than a chimpanzee and a monkey. Lack of formal education doesn’t preclude one from making significant contributions.

This is of particular interest to me for dealing llos the watchmaker Well, phew. How a person forges a new path with insight and research and encourages those two great tasks; yet, his dedcubridores deify the thinker, create a new fortress around those ideas and danisl we’re stuck with it for 1 thousand years. Imagine how much farther along medicine would be desubridores people were able to move past Galen.

The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself by Daniel J. Boorstin

We see the connections, each new idea leading to others often in different fields. Why didn’t the Chinese or Islam invent the movable printing press? It is important to remember the title while reading the book.