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The discoverers
Boorstin, Daniel J. 1914-2004.
Adult Nonfiction CB69.B66 1983

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ContentsPage
A Personal Note to the Readerp. xv
Book 1 - Time
Part I - The Heavenly Empire
1. - The Temptations of the Moonp. 4
2. - The Week: Gateway to Sciencep. 12
3. - God and the Astrologersp. 19
Part II - From Sun Time to Clock Time
4. - Measuring the Dark Hoursp. 26
5. - The Rise of the Equal Hourp. 36
6. - Making Time Portablep. 46
Part III - The Missionary Clock
7. - Open Sesame to Chinap. 56
8. - Mother of Machinesp. 64
9. - Why It Happened in the Westp. 72
Book 2 - The Earth and the Seas
Part IV - The Geography of the Imagination
10. - The Awe of Mountainsp. 82
11. - Charting Heaven and Hellp. 86
12. - The Appeal of Symmetryp. 92
13. - The Prison of Christian Dogmap. 100
14. - A Flat Earth Returnsp. 107
Part V - Paths to the East
15. - Pilgrims and Crusadersp. 116
16. - How the Mongols Opened the Wayp. 124
17. - Missionary Diplomatsp. 128
18. - The Discovery of Asiap. 134
19. - The Land Curtain Comes Downp. 139
Part VI - Doubling the World
20. - Ptolemy Revived and Revisedp. 146
21. - Portuguese Sea Pioneersp. 156
22. - Beyond the Threatening Capep. 165
23. - To India and Backp. 172
24. - Why Not the Arabs?p. 178
25. - The Chinese Reach Outp. 186
26. - An Empire without Wantsp. 195
Part VII - The American Surprise
27. - The Wandering Vikingsp. 204
28. - Dead End in Vinlandp. 209
29. - The Power of the Windsp. 217
30. - "The Enterprise of the Indies"p. 224
31. - Fair Winds, Soft Words, and Luckp. 231
32. - Paradise Found and Lostp. 235
33. - Naming the Unknownp. 244
Part VIII - Sea Paths to Everywhere
34. - A World of Oceansp. 256
35. - The Reign of Secrecyp. 267
36. - Knowledge Becomes Merchandisep. 271
37. - The Ardors of Negative Discoveryp. 278
Book 3 - Nature
Part IX - Seeing the Invisible
38. - Into "the Mists of Paradox"p. 294
39. - The Witness of the Naked Eyep. 305
40. - A Vision Troubled and Surprisedp. 312
41. - Caught in the Cross Firep. 322
42. - New Worlds Withinp. 327
43. - Galileo in Chinap. 332
Part X - Inside Ourselves
44. - A Mad Prophet Points the Wayp. 338
45. - The Tyranny of Galenp. 344
46. - From Animals to Manp. 351
47. - Unseen Currents Withinp. 361
48. - From Qualities to Quantitiesp. 368
49. - "The Microscope of Nature"p. 376
Part XI - Science Goes Public
50. - A Parliament of Scientistsp. 386
51. - From Experience to Experimentp. 394
52. - "God Said, Let Newton Be!"p. 401
53. - Priority Becomes the Prizep. 408
Part XII - Cataloguing the Whole Creation
54. - Learning to Lookp. 420
55. - The Invention of Speciesp. 429
56. - Specimen Huntingp. 436
57. - Stretching the Pastp. 446
58. - In Search of the Missing Linkp. 457
59. - Paths to Evolutionp. 464
Book 4 - Society
Part XIII - Widening the Communities of Knowledge
60. - The Lost Arts of Memoryp. 480
61. - Empire of the Learnedp. 489
62. - The Duplicating Impulsep. 498
63. - "The Art of Artificial Writing"p. 510
64. - Communities of the Vernacularp. 517
65. - Transforming the Bookp. 524
66. - Books Go Publicp. 533
67. - The Island of Islamp. 539
68. - Toward a World Literaturep. 547
Part XIV - Opening the Past
69. - The Birth of Historyp. 558
70. - Christianity Gives Directionp. 566
71. - Revising the Recordp. 574
72. - Explorers among the Ruinsp. 581
73. - "To Wake the Dead"p. 588
74. - Latitudes of Timep. 596
75. - The Discovery of Prehistoryp. 603
76. - Hidden Dimensions: History as Therapyp. 613
Part XV - Surveying the Present
77. - "All Mankind Is One"p. 626
78. - The Shock of the Primitivep. 636
79. - A Science of Culturep. 646
80. - An Expanding Universe of Wealthp. 652
81. - Learning from Numbersp. 667
82. - The Infinite and the Infinitesimalp. 675
Some Reference Notesp. 685
Acknowledgmentsp. 715
Indexp. 719


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