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History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

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By (author) Discoverers

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 745 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 43mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1991
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0394726251
  • ISBN 13: 9780394726250
  • Edition statement: Vintage Book.
  • Sales rank: 231,417

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Examines the human quest for knowledge and discoveries as it discusses such men as Galileo, Adam Smith, Columbus, Marx, Napoleon, Magellan, Faraday, Freud, Marco Polo, and St. Augustine

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" 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

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'The Discoverers' is a vivid, sweeping, and 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 colorful range of plants and animals, the intricate workings of his own body, the surprising variety of human societies past and present--by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Americans, now the Librarian of Congress.

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An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him.

Table of contents

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