The obstacles to discovery - the illusions of knowledge -are also part of the story.Boorstin captures the illusions about the past - the earth before Columbus and Balboa, Magellan and Captain Cook, about the heavens before Copernicus and Galileo, about the human body before Paracelsus and Harvey, plants before Linnaeus, the past before Petrarch, wealth before Adam Smith, the physical world before Newton, Dalton, Faraday and Einstein. He asks unfamiliar questions Why didn't the Chinese 'discover' Europe or America? Why did people take so long to learn that the earth goes around the sun? All In one great chronological extravaganza. 'A ravishing book...with a verve, an audacity and a grasp of every sort of knowledge that is outrageous and wonderful....I can't think of any other living writer who could have attempted, let alone accomplished it' Alistair Cooke 'An adventure story....great good fun to read' New York Times Book Review 'A grand and exhilarating voyage, a bold attempt to circumnavigate the intellectual globe' The Philadelphia Inquirer
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This Pulitzer Prize-winning saga of human discovery is the story of countless Columbuses who, in the deep recesses of the past, remain anonymous but in more recent times emerge into the light of history.About the Author:
Daniel J Boorstin was born in 1914 and educated at Harvard, Yale, and Oxford. He is Librarian of Congress Emeritus, having directed the US national library from 1979-1987. He had previously been director of the National Museum for History and Technology and of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. He taught at the University of Chicago for twenty-five years.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140080546
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140080546