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

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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."show more

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  • Paperback | 745 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 43.18mm | 612.35g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Vintage Book.
  • 0394726251
  • 9780394726250
  • 210,124

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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.show more

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"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 Inquirer"show more

About Discoverers

Daniel J. Boorstinwas the author of The Americans, a trilogy (The Colonial Experience; The National Experience, andThe Democratic Experience)that won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1989, he received the National Book Award for lifetime contribution to literature. He was the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and for twelve years served as the Librarian of Congress. He died in 2004."show more

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 Presentshow more
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