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

Item : The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself [Paperback]
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Author Author : Boorstin, Daniel J.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0394726251
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780394726250
Publisher Publisher : Vintage
Pages Pages : 768
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100123104

An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him.  In the compendious history, Boorstin not only traces man's insatiable need to know, but also the obstacles to discovery and the illusion that knowledge can also put in our way. Covering time, the earth and the seas, nature and society, he gathers and analyzes stories of the man's profound quest to understand his world and the cosmos.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 Compelling readable. . . . A remarkable narrative of the grand intellectual venture of humankind, rich in fascinating, often dramatic details. —The Wall Street Journal

A sumptuous, totally engaging panorama. No one who reads it will look at the chronicle of human ingenuity in the same way again. —David McCullough

Written with great verve . . . [Boorstin's] learning, wit, and lucidity should ensure that he will bring pleasure to a large group of reader.   —The New York Review of Books

History with a human touch.   —Newsday

A grand and exhilirating voyage, a bold attempt to circumnavigate the intellectual globe.   —The Philadlephia InquirerDaniel J. Boorstin was the author ofThe Americans, a trilogy (The Colonial Experience; The National Experience, and The Democratic Experience) that won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1989, he recel&

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