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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Sep 16, Eric rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: If you were going on a yearlong cruise and could take only one book, this might be my recommendation. Neat and attractive, easy to write and to read, it dominated scriptoria and libraries. Thus, in the chapter “In Search of the Missing Link”, he features Edward Tyson and his contributions in comparative anatomy.

My old paper backdescuridores eared and extensively annotated finally fell apart earlier this year so I bought a second hand hard cover and went on annotating. The Discoverers is a boorstln, readable, welcome overview of some of the major scientific discoveries in human history, linked together by theme, and a good candidate for “best book that should have been one of my textbooks in high school but inexplicably wasn’t”.

Jul 11, Max rated it it was amazing Shelves: Faraday’s insights into electromagnetism were probably possible because he wasn’t formally trained in the math of Newtonian physics.

And sometimes someone comes along with a brick, and you have to redo from start and use bricks. I like the way that he treats the “story of progress” as the stories of people, both because he’s a great humanist, sensitive to the struggles of people to shrug off constraints of ignorance and see a little farther, and also because that way he’s better able to impart just how difficult those struggles were.


And to need a watch, you need a reason for Time to be cut up in those pieces. This was the questionnaire.

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While Boorstin made many valiant attempts to form connections in the reader’s mind – “Like Balboa speculating on the extent of his great Southern Ocean, or Galileo delighting in the new infinity of the stars, so Leeuwenhoek luxuriated in the minuteness of [cells] and their infinitely vast populations.

They had better and more advanced technologies in printing and in paper production long before the west, but it took Gutenberg to invent it. Paperbackpages. One of the best features of The Discoverers is a wonderful bibliography wherein Boorstin not only lists, but discusses his voluminous source material.

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.

Grossly underestimating the distance to Asia, he was lucky America was there. After many voyages to the New World he never recognized it as such, still thinking he had found islands off the Asian coast. Newton spent the last years of his life trying to create a chronology for the events in antiquity, including Greek legends.

More interesting are the lesser known or even anonymous people who worked to descubfidores our world. However, everyone mentioned in the book — credentialed or not — read and worked constantly. We see the vast scope of our knowledge base.

I’ll write a more detailed review latter but this was amaze balls! It isn’t always a bias I agree with, but you know its there and ols deal with it as it comes. We see the connections, each new idea leading to others often in different fields.

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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. This great scientist erected the whole grand structure of his world chronology on the flimsiest possible foundation—the date of the mythical adventure led by Jason to Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece.

The book itself is an ambitious survey of advances that lead to greater and greater precision of describing the world in scientific terms, divided somewhat arbitrarily into four sections – “Time”, “The Earth and Seas”, “Nature” and “Society. Heinrich Schliemann and Johann Winckelmann established archeology; Christian Thomsen and Jens Jacob Worsaae created the concept of prehistoric time periods stone, iron, etc.

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He crafted devices to measure pulse and temperature. We see how our modern conception of the world came to be. To loe other readers questions about The Discoverersplease sign up. Seven hundred years later, when movable type came to Europe, and after only drscubridores brief Gothic interlude, the letters were fashioned on the model of Carolingian Minuscule.

There’s no real point to going back to sugar cubes after you’ve used bricks, but the cubes are still interesting. Overall, a highly enjoyable book with prodigious amounts of information to digest. If you want to have a grasp on mankind’s history, this book should boorstin on top of your list. Take the book as a good starting point to highlight parts of history or figures that we resonated with.

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