The Ascent of Man has ratings and reviews. Joshua Nomen-Mutatio said: It’s said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. Tim Radford finds Bronowski’s history of humanity, The Ascent of Man – reissued with a foreword by Richard Dawkins – as compelling as ever. With Jacob Bronowski, Joss Ackland, Roy Dotrice, Stefan Bor-Grajewicz. An account of man’s development through his scientific and technological.

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This book is based on a television documentary series produced in by the BBC in association with Time-Life Films. Mar 20, Roy Lotz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Over the series’ 13 episodes, Bronowski travelled around the world in order to trace the development of human society through its understanding of science.

That is not a message likely to go out of date in a few decades. Atrocities are committed, not by people who are trained to question their own beliefs, but by ideologues who are convinced they are right.

The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski

Edit Storyline Jacob Bronowski, a friend of many famous 20th century nuclear physicists describes the history of Man from Ape to computer-maker. Lists with This Book. As a reader, the statement itself raises a lot of questions and begs follow up: He identifies the keen edge of a stone blade, the baked bricks of Sumer, the marble of Greece and the stone arches of Rome, as evidence of human exploration of the visible structure of matter.

And science, as Bronowski points out, is the very opposite of bronoeski and arrogant. Even with an archaeologist btonowski me advice, I was only able to create stone tools of the sophistication of an Australopithecus—randomly beating bbronowski stone until a sharp edge was created. Aug 31, Paul Brogan rated it it was ok Shelves: They feel pretty pedantic mxn straightforward, and there wasn’t much I didn’t find familiar. The Ascent of Man is a landmark in the history of science education and of documentary making, and a stirring vision of the progress of humanity by an brilliant and sympathetic man.


Bronowski, in mn, reminds us that humans are still fascinating, inventive, beings capable great things. F ame has a momentum all of its own, but that does not explain the enduring recognition accorded to Jacob Bronowski. Intended as a series of “personal view” documentaries in the manner of Kenneth Clark ‘s series Civilisationthe series received acclaim for Bronowski’s highly informed but eloquently simple analysis, his long, elegant monologues and its extensive location shoots.

It was done by arrogance, it was done by dogma, it was done by ignorance. I would give this book a 9 out of 10 on my personal rating system.

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The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski – review

The additional puzzle is that he can express them so flawlessly in a language that, until he was 12, he had never heard. Dec 24, M.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Full Cast and Crew. There is lots more that I have missed no doubt a really really interesting book that was made into a BBC series also and definitely worth a read. As suitable for the adept as it is for either th Powerful stuff Again, I should have liked a more thorough attempt at fleshing out the gaps.

California Book Award for Nonfiction Gold His ability to answer questions on many varied subjects led to an offhand reference in an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus where one character states that “He knows everything. Bronowski had a gift for identifying the themes and advances that would seem just as vital 40 years on.


Or were we born in order to shift the perspective of our universe? I cannot recommend this book. In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style, a work of art from a great master.

But there’s no real way to indicate that here. But these flaws are minor in such a tremendous program.

He first became familiar to the British public through appearances on the BBC television version of The Brains Trust in the late s. Indeed, these can be pithily described by saying that humans retain many childlike characteristics throughout their lives.

In he was a little-known mathematician who knew a lot about the poet William Blake. We thus begin with Homo erectuslearning how to chip away stone to make tools.

In Bronowski delivered the six Silliman Memorial Lectures at Yale University and chose as his subject the role of imagination and symbolic language in the progress of scientific knowledge. Edit Cast Series cast summary: The arrangement of material is a little unusual; it is basically thematic, each chapter trackin Originally published on my blog here in August We have to close the distance between the push-button order and the human act. First, it was published in Being the inspiration for Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, this book and the TV series that it is a companion to are the inspiration to my inspiration.