Discoverers

ISBN-10: 0394726251

ISBN-13: 9780394726250

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

List price: $20.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/12/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 768
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

A prolific writer, Daniel Boorstin is the author of numerous scholarly and popular works in American Studies. Born in Georgia and raised in Oklahoma, Boorstin received degrees from Harvard and Yale universities and was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. A member of the Massachusetts Bar, he has been visiting professor of American History at the Universities of Rome, Puerto Rico, Kyoto, and Geneva. He was the first incumbent of the chair of American History at the Sorbonne and Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge. He taught at the University of Chicago for 25 years. In 1959 Columbia University awarded him its Bancroft Prize for The Americans: The Colonial Experience (1958), the first volume of his trilogy titled The Americans. In 1966 he received the Francis Parkman Award for the second volume, The Americans: The National Experience (1965), and in 1974 he received the Pulitzer Prize for the third volume, The Americans: The Democratic Experience (1973). Many of Boorstin's books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and various European languages. In 1969 Boorstin became director of the National Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1973 he became senior historian at the Smithsonian. Boorstin was appointed Librarian of Congress in 1975 and served in that position with distinction for 12 years, becoming Librarian Emeritus in 1987.

A Personal Note to the Reader
Time
The Heavenly Empire
The Temptations of the Moon
The Week: Gateway to Science
God and the Astrologers
From Sun Time to Clock Time
Measuring the Dark Hours
The Rise of the Equal Hour
Making Time Portable
The Missionary Clock
Open Sesame to China
Mother of Machines
Why It Happened in the West
The Earth and the Seas
The Geography of the Imagination
The Awe of Mountains
Charting Heaven and Hell
The Appeal of Symmetry
The Prison of Christian Dogma
A Flat Earth Returns
Paths to the East
Pilgrims and Crusaders
How the Mongols Opened the Way
Missionary Diplomats
The Discovery of Asia
The Land Curtain Comes Down
Doubling the World
Ptolemy Revived and Revised
Portuguese Sea Pioneers
Beyond the Threatening Cape
To India and Back
Why Not the Arabs?
The Chinese Reach Out
An Empire without Wants
The American Surprise
The Wandering Vikings
Dead End in Vinland
The Power of the Winds
"The Enterprise of the Indies"
Fair Winds, Soft Words, and Luck
Paradise Found and Lost
Naming the Unknown
Sea Paths to Everywhere
A World of Oceans
The Reign of Secrecy
Knowledge Becomes Merchandise
The Ardors of Negative Discovery
Nature
Seeing the Invisible
Into "the Mists of Paradox"
The Witness of the Naked Eye
A Vision Troubled and Surprised
Caught in the Cross Fire
New Worlds Within
Galileo in China
Inside Ourselves
A Mad Prophet Points the Way
The Tyranny of Galen
From Animals to Man
Unseen Currents Within
From Qualities to Quantities
"The Microscope of Nature"
Science Goes Public
A Parliament of Scientists
From Experience to Experiment
"God Said, Let Newton Be!"
Priority Becomes the Prize
Cataloguing the Whole Creation
Learning to Look
The Invention of Species
Specimen Hunting
Stretching the Past
In Search of the Missing Link
Paths to Evolution
Society
Widening the Communities of Knowledge
The Lost Arts of Memory
Empire of the Learned
The Duplicating Impulse
"The Art of Artificial Writing"
Communities of the Vernacular
Transforming the Book
Books Go Public
The Island of Islam
Toward a World Literature
Opening the Past
The Birth of History
Christianity Gives Direction
Revising the Record
Explorers among the Ruins
"To Wake the Dead"
Latitudes of Time
The Discovery of Prehistory
Hidden Dimensions: History as Therapy
Surveying the Present
"All Mankind Is One"
The Shock of the Primitive
A Science of Culture
An Expanding Universe of Wealth
Learning from Numbers
The Infinite and the Infinitesimal
Some Reference Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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