Die Entdecker Boorstin

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Die Entdecker  by  Boorstin

Die Entdecker by Boorstin
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s/t: Das Abenteuer des Menschen, sich und die Welt zu erkennenPerhaps 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 anMores/t: Das Abenteuer des Menschen, sich und die Welt zu erkennenPerhaps 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.

Its also primarily Western, although Boorstin does ask (and answer) several interesting questions: Why didnt the Chinese discover Europe and America? Why didnt 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



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