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 is an excellent book. The last ice age had come asent an end, and the climate had allowed for extremely fertile grounds. Use the HTML below.

The Ascent of Man

He will …more One thing that Carl Sagan asserts is the wonders of the Cosmos and the comparative insignificance of mankind.

But like in any good story, the telling is bronoeski of it.

There are even some quite psychedelic sections. Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology in this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with “The Trigger Effect.

Topics Anthropology Science Book Club. I am sure that I’ll like this one too.

The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski

And bronoaski, as Bronowski points out, is the very opposite of dehumanizing and arrogant. Most obviously, much of the scientific information is no longer accurate—particularly the information on human evolution in the first episode. Man alone leaves traces of what he created. It does so by not ignoring the fall-out from technological progress, whether it be the harsh factories of the Industrial Revolution or the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagaski.


Watch the Top Trailers of That is more bronowsku just an example of the Bronowski way with words. Since the book was published inI expect its discussion of contemporary science bbronowski perhaps historical events and figures needs updating. Jackb 25, Sunny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Connections TV Mini-Series Aside from that, this volume provides an excellent history of the development of intellectual progress that led to man being what he is today.

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. Then, he bends down and spreads a bunch of crystals on the ground, and begins to talk about the molecular symmetry that gave rise to them. There is also a lot of interesting stories about scientists. Nine-part series telling the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, for the first time on a global scale. Loading comments… Trouble loading?


However, in the beginning, they had to make the choice, and it mah an hard one.

It changes your mind, and it turns your body into a magical soul. The part series was shot on 16 mm film.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. In the intervening 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. Return to Book Page. As Bronowski notes, bronowsk simple ability, to chip away at a stone until a cutting edge is left, is a remarkable indication of human uniqueness.

It is presented, stripped of the wordy, overly philosophical ramblings and data heavy meanderings found in other books that cover similar subject matter.

Less controversially, he also has some negative words to say about Hegel. Finished after 3 weeks of slogging through it. They consist solemnly of hunters and gatherers.