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A PRECIOUS DISCOVERY,
This review is from: The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself (Hardcover)
A truly wonderful book. One that should be used as a textbook in History in high school. Easily readable, it takes the reader on a voyage of far reaching proportions. What is it that makes this book so pleasurable and instructive? A fresh approach to the evolution of knowledge and science as experienced historically by the pioneers. The exploration in retrospective of the discovery of the concept of time and the clock, the compass, the telescope, the microscope and the evolutionary description of the knowledge that mankind acquired through these instruments and the bold steps of the pioneers that wondered around the seas, the cosmos, the mind, etc.. Why is it that modern culture, the different cultures and science are the way they are ? You will find a lot of answers about how this came to happen in the book by the former Librarian of Congress and senior historian of the Smithsonian Institution.
After I read this book, the promise made in the Washington Post Book World's review to it, I found fulfilled: "few indeed will be the readers who do not themselves become discoverers....." This book is one of the most outstanding discoveries that I made in my quest for knowledge. You must not overlook it.
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Initial post: Feb 22, 2015 3:02:19 PM PST
C. E. Clark says:
I read it in 1995 and I am now starting it again in February of 2015. It is my favorite book of all time and a gift from an amazing author. Thank you Mr. Boorstin. I will soon read the rest of the trilogy and probably go on to your other books.
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