The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself - Daniel J. Boorstin 

The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself - Daniel J. Boorstin (1985)

A Personal Note to the Reader

BOOK ONE. TIME

PART ONE. THE HEAVENLY EMPIRE

1. The Temptations of the Moon

2. The Week: Gateway to Science

3. God and the Astrologers

PART TWO. FROM SUN TIME TO CLOCK TIME

4. Measuring the Dark Hours

5. The Rise of the Equal Hour

6. Making Time Portable

PART THREE. THE MISSIONARY CLOCK

7. Open Sesame to China

8. Mother of Machines

9. Why It Happened in the West

BOOK TWO. THE EARTH AND THE SEAS

PART FOUR. THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE IMAGINATION

10. The Awe of Mountains

11. Charting Heaven and Hell

12. The Appeal of Symmetry

13. The Prison of Christian Dogma

14. A Flat Earth Returns

PART FIVE. PATHS TO THE EAST

15. Pilgrims and Crusaders

16. How the Mongols Opened the Way

17. Missionary Diplomats

18. The Discovery of Asia

19. The Land Curtain Comes Down

PART SIX. DOUBLING THE WORLD

20. Ptolemy Revived and Revised

21. Portuguese Sea Pioneers

22. Beyond the Threatening Cape

23. To India and Back

24. Why Not the Arabs?

25. The Chinese Reach Out

26. An Empire without Wants

PART SEVEN. THE AMERICAN SURPRISE

27. The Wandering Vikings

28. Dead End in Vinland

29. The Power of the Winds

30. “The Enterprise of the Indies”

31. Fair Winds, Soft Words, and Luck

32. Paradise Found and Lost

33. Naming the Unknown

PART EIGHT. SEA PATHS TO EVERYWHERE

34. A World of Oceans

35. The Reign of Secrecy

36. Knowledge Becomes Merchandise

37. The Ardors of Negative Discovery

BOOK THREE. NATURE

PART NINE. SEEING THE INVISIBLE

38. Into “the Mists of Paradox”

39. The Witness of the Naked Eye

40. A Vision Troubled and Surprised

41. Caught in the Cross Fire

42. New Worlds Within

43. Galileo in China

PART TEN. INSIDE OURSELVES

44. A Mad Prophet Points the Way

45. The Tyranny of Galen

46. From Animals to Man

47. Unseen Currents Within

48. From Qualities to Quantities

49. “The Microscope of Nature”

PART ELEVEN. SCIENCE GOES PUBLIC

50. A Parliament of Scientists

51. From Experience to Experiment

52. “God Said, Let Newton Be!”

53. Priority Becomes the Prize

PART TWELVE. CATALOGUING THE WHOLE CREATION

54. Learning to Look

55. The Invention of Species

56. Specimen Hunting

57. Stretching the Past

58. In Search of the Missing Link

59. Paths to Evolution

BOOK FOUR. SOCIETY

PART THIRTEEN. WIDENING THE COMMUNITIES OF KNOWLEDGE

60. The Lost Arts of Memory

61. Empire of the Learned

62. The Duplicating Impulse

63. “The Art of Artificial Writing”

64. Communities of the Vernacular

65. Transforming the Book

66. Books Go Public

67. The Island of Islam

68. Toward a World Literature

PART FOURTEEN. OPENING THE PAST

69. The Birth of History

70. Christianity Gives Direction

71. Revising the Record

72. Explorers among the Ruins

73. “To Wake the Dead”

74. Latitudes of Time

75. The Discovery of Prehistory

76. Hidden Dimensions: History as Therapy

PART FIFTEEN. SURVEYING THE PRESENT

77. “All Mankind Is One”

78. The Shock of the Primitive

79. A Science of Culture

80. An Expanding Universe of Wealth

81. Learning from Numbers

82. The Infinite and the Infinitesimal

SOME REFERENCE NOTES