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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And science, as Bronowski points out, is the very opposite of dehumanizing and arrogant. First, it was published in Richard Kolivoski One thing that Carl Sagan asserts is the wonders of the Cosmos and the comparative insignificance of mankind.

Connections Referenced in Screenwipe: Share this Rating Title: In the bronowksi years, a hundred popularisers, practitioners and science historians have tried to tell much the same story, each time with more up-to-date information and a more acute sense of contemporary awareness.

It consists of many episodes but it is essentially one long story. With a book like this one I like to read and give thought and analysis what I have read.

The Ascent of Man

The book is written in a rather odd and stilted style which I found completely bizarre at times. 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.

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The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski

Either way, and high-profile accolades notwithstanding Dawkins, Sagan, SinghThe Ascent of Man could be a lot better than it is. It proceeds briskly through what is by now the standard science-oriented western European version of human history — the Palaeolithic, the dawn of civilisation, the Greeks and the Romans, the Islamic empire, Galileo, Newton, the Industrial Revolution, Mendeleev, Pasteur, Darwin, Einstein and the nuclear age — and it still seems as good as any other history of discovery, and a great deal sharper bronowksi more readable than some.


I guess the philosophy can be called scientific rationalism. We thus begin with Homo erectuslearning how to chip away stone to make tools. These are sentences formed by a mind that can compose imagery, and then select exactly the right words to represent the image. Writing is a revitalizing experience.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. And that was the fundamentally main problem with Men: View all 4 comments. Since the book was written inthere obviously has been much learned on the subject since then, especially in biological evolution. Published September 1st by Little Brown and Company first published The additional puzzle is that he can express them so flawlessly in a language that, until he was 12, he had never heard.

How did we, human beings, rise from the animal world and become what we are today. The book of the series, The Ascent of Man: 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.

This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods. The book spun from the television series went on to sell millions. Some of the fluency stems from Bronowski’s decision to put as much of the script for the TV series into the book as possible. He touches upon the history of art, empires and science. A definite recommended read if you interest is history, science or just knowledge about us. BBC television documentaries about history Human evolution British documentary television series British television programme debuts British television programme endings s British documentary television series English-language television programs s British television miniseries BBC television miniseries.


This progression represents better and better understandings of the structural properties of stone, of the force of gravity, and of the distribution of weight.

May 02, Sin rated it really liked it Shelves: Books by Jacob Bronowski. This edition, published by The Folio Society, is a reprint of that edition with a new foreword by Mervyn Bragg, and was one of the presentation volumes for members.

Most obviously, much of the scientific information is no longer accurate—particularly the information on human evolution in the first episode.

This book was originally published hacob so that explains some of the mistakes, but not all. As Bronowski notes, this simple ability, to chip away at a stone until a cutting edge is left, is a remarkable indication of human uniqueness.