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Synopsis: 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.
Review: Perhaps the greatest book by one of our greatest historians, The Discoverers is a volume of sweeping range and majestic interpretation. To call it a history of science is an understatement; this is the story of how humankind has come to know the world, however incompletely ("the eternal mystery of the world," Einstein once said, "is its comprehensibility"). Daniel J. Boorstin first describes the liberating concept of time--"the first grand discovery"--and continues through the age of exploration and the advent of the natural and social sciences. The approach is idiosyncratic, with Boorstin lingering over particular figures and accomplishments rather than rushing on to the next set of names and dates. It's also primarily Western, although Boorstin does ask (and answer) several interesting questions: Why didn't the Chinese "discover" Europe and America? Why didn't the Arabs circumnavigate the planet? His thesis about discovery ultimately turns on what he calls "illusions of knowledge." If we think we know something, then we face an obstacle to innovation. The great discoverers, Boorstin shows, dispel the illusions and reveal something new about the world.
Although The Discoverers easily stands on its own, it is technically the first entry in a trilogy that also includes The Creators and The Seekers. An outstanding book--one of the best works of history to be found anywhere. --John J. Miller
Title: The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search ...
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
Publication Date: 1984
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1984. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP70229836
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2765941986
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Only slightly differentiated from a new book. Undamaged cover and spine. Pages may display light wear but no marks. Bookseller Inventory # G0460046624I2N00
Book Description J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London , England, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Clean and bright internally, looks little used. The dustjacket has some rubbing and light shelfwear, priceclipped. A vivid sweeping and original history of man's greatest adventure ; his search to discover the world around him. Bookseller Inventory # 6005306
Book Description J.M. Dent, 1984., 1984. 1st U.K. edition. 8vo. xvi + [747pp.] Owner’s inscription, original boards, d/w. rubbed to edges. ISBN 0460046624 US$10. Bookseller Inventory # 139436
Book Description Dent, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 164 x 240 x 37mm. No significant wear to book or jacket. NB: An extra shipping charge may be requested for heavier or more valuable items. All our 'Bookseller Images' show the actual item you will receive. Bookseller Inventory # 003452
Book Description NY:Random House,1983., 1983. Third Edition. Very good in good dustjacket. dj has a 1" x 3" piece missing from bottom of rear panel. Remainder Mark. 745 pp. Indexed. Bookseller Inventory # 693
Book Description J.M. Dent & Sons, London, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 1.15 kg; XVI, 752 pages, indexed, with some reference notes, bound in original grey paper over boards, with colour illustrated dustjacket. There is a small pale stain which affects the margin of pages 5 -- 24 at about 3 inches from the top edge on the side, to a maximum depth of approximately 3/8". otherwise the book and jacket are without damage. The author, who was librarian of Congress from 1975, And Also a Director of the National Museum of History and Technology and senior historian of the Smithsonian Institution, has written in original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him -- the relationship of the heavens to his own planet, the elusive and mysterious dimension of time, the vast and colourful range of plants and animals, the intricate workings of his own body, a surprising variety of human societies past and present. -- Front fold over blurb. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. We are happy to provide pictures of this book on request Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; ISBN: 0460046624. ISBN/EAN: 9780460046626. Inventory No: 0230691. THIS BOOK WILL INCUR EXTRA POST OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA, BECAUSE IT IS OVER 1 Kg WITHOUT PACKAGING, PLEASE ENQUIRE BEFORE ORDERING. Bookseller Inventory # 0230691
Book Description J. M. Dent & Son, London, England, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First U. K. Edition. Book and dust jacket have very slight wear. Dust jacket has not been price clipped and is protected in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 002596
Book Description Dent, London, U.K, 1984. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First UK Edition. Unread, unclipped. Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 013625