Tim Radford finds Bronowski’s history of humanity, The Ascent of Man – reissued with a foreword by Richard Dawkins – as compelling as ever. 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. 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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Documentary series looking at the influence of art on the current day situation of our society. Related to this, Bronowski deplores what he calls “the aristocracy of the intellect,” scientists who move away from the needs of people, and into the arms of government, industry and corporations. This book was originally published in so that explains some of the mistakes, but not all. This overview bronowsko created almost 50 years ago for the BBC, so the very most recent elements in this “ascent” are not included.

The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski – review

It was a pleasure to re-read this book again. The power of Bronowski’s language is here; unfortunately the text has not been scrubbed of all references to the images not carried over into the text. View all 4 comments. Clearly an influence on Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, this was a sort of an answer to Kenneth Clark’s great series Civilization, which despite its title, did not cover science but only art and only Western European art at that.

I will always remember the story about the wscent of first hybrid wheat in the Middle East and raise of agricultural societies. May 02, Sin rated it really liked it Shelves: The book starts logically enough at our roots in east Africa five million years ago.


Though clearly intended to be only an introduction to its subjects, the book is tremendously wide in scope, taking in paleontology, architecture, alchemy, industrialization, quantum physics and genetics; noticeably, it has little to say about psychology. Bronowski aims to show how humanity, once freed from the constraints of instinct, used a combination of logic and imagination to achieve ever-deeper conceptions of our place in the universe.

Feb 28, Charles rated it did not like it Shelves: By reading the immensely significant writi Writing is a revitalizing experience. I really liked this book. Each covering one specific area of scientific progress.

More, so much has been published on the topic since then that, even though it’s a precursor asent its genre there’s not a lot to learn here. That’s as far as I got.

Dawkins certainly would have recognized these errors, which makes me suspect that he didn’t fo read the book. DNA analysis was then still a young science, but blood groups allowed us a very good guess at the process. Bronowski was a polymath: Bronowski had a gift for identifying the themes and advances that would seem just as vital 40 years on.

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Ascent of Man 2 36 Mar 30, But in another sense, The Ascent of Man is bronoswki compelling as ever. He makes interesting connections, and I must say, as much as I have read in the philosophy of science, there were still times when I thought, “Hum, I had bronows,i thought of it that way. In each location, Bronowski considers the qualities of thought and imagination that compelled man first to analyze the physical world, and then to explore the invisible laws and structures above and beneath its surface.

That is more than just an example of the Bronowski way with words.

Jul 18, Kyle rated it really liked it. A major theme of this book is that a failure to press javob represents an ending for that culture but not an ending for human progress. Quotes from The Ascent of Man. The accompanying pictures are often revelatory as well. Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man was one of several documentary style miniseries that created a market for jacbo set the standard for kf television programs of the type we should expect from the History Channel or Arts and Entertainment.


He does make the valid point that our weakness, as well as our strength, lay in the fact that we were not nearly as shaped by our environment as other animals were, honed over time into a perfect fit with those things we ate and those that would eat us.

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Most nomad cultures nowadays struggle to develop any scientific and artistic knowledge. The book is written in a rather odd and stilted style which I found completely bizarre at bronowzki.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. A must for anybody who needs a refresher course on general science, anthropology, physics etc. As Bronowski notes, hhe simple ability, to chip away at a stone until a cutting edge is left, is a remarkable indication of human uniqueness.

Bronwski 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. Thus both our creative drive and our knowledge are involved in this quintessentially human activity. Apr 28, bfdez. In the conclusion to his groundbreaking series, James Burke continues to make incredible connections to history’s most important discoveries and inventions.