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Boorstin's 'The Discoverers'

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From the advent of the telescope to modern astronomical publications, humans have been both delighted and frightened by the vastness of the topic.

What was most impressive about the people who are involved in these discoveries?

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Hi again and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. If you have particular discoverers and explorers that you idolize, you can also look into their characteristics and biographies to include this in your discussion. I have made the discussion as concise as possible and concentrated on what I see as main points only to not distract you from them. But, if you want to explore these ideas further you can use the listed references or leave a message via the feedback section and I'll see what I can do to help you further on this question. Good luck with your studies and thank you for using Brainmass.

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Discoverers: What makes them impressive?

Discovery is a phenomenon whereby the discoverer detects and uncovers something yet unknown, something new. In the sciences these 'new things' are what we term as hitherto unobserved phenomena or actions, events and body of knowledge or particular explanations of our world. Discoverers are explorers of the mind, of nature and of our world and they are as varied and diverse as the people they represent from scientists to scholars, artists and explorers. What makes this breed of human beings so unique? How did they come about what they discovered and revealed about our world? Why is it that their work mattered? What makes them so impressive? Certainly when we say the names of the most familiar discoverers today their names come with a sense of authority as well as inspiration. In philosophy for example when we think of the Greeks, particularly the triumvirate of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato, we are left with awe in the nature of their intellectual and moral explorations and discoveries on the nature of the mind, society and nature. Socrates is attributed to ...

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The solution provides a discussion of the topic of 'Discoverers' as raised in the 1985 book by historian Daniel Boorstin (The Discoverers). The 1,026-word narrative presents viewpoints into what makes 'discoverers' as defined by Boorstin extraordinary. Specific discoverers in history are included in the discussion (the likes of Galileo, Copernicus and Einstein, for example). A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing. References are also listed to allow room for further research.

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