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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What matters here is the actions that the same homo sapiens sapiens has been doing in the last YEARS. In the end, the words were said by Oliver Cromwell: Perhaps this style of writing is a result of the book being modeled on the spoken transcript of the televison show. Since the book was published inI expect its discussion of contemporary science and perhaps historical events and figures needs updating.

The book of the series, The Ascent of Man: Jan 01, Joan Colby rated it it was amazing.

The series is in 13 parts, each covering a different o step in the development of civilization. I have read Cosmos by Carl Sagan and loved it so much that I read it twice. These are sentences formed by a mind that can compose imagery, and then select exactly the right words to represent the image.

I cannot recommend this book. How did we, human beings, bronowksi from the animal world and become what we are today. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jul 04, Jee Koh rated it really liked it.

Over the series’ 13 episodes, Bronowski travelled around the world in order to trace the development of human society through its understanding of science. I had doubts that anyone could produce a series to match Civilisationbut Bronowski made something that might even be better.

When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality, this is how the “It’s said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. What is explained by the man, is nothing short of crystal clear descriptions of Humankind’s physical, scientific, sociological and theological discoveries from the very sacent roaming tribes to our modern era.


At least a dozen phenomenal insights into several anthropological mainstays. I give the book 4 stars because at some moments you realise that the book was not really written as acsent book but as material for the TV series. Science is a tribute to what we can know although we are fallible. To view it, click here. And that was the fundamentally main problem with Men: It was a pleasure to re-read this book again.

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.

Bronowsky tells us about the necessity of man to constantly be on the move. Trivia For the initial broadcast of the program, each segment had an epilogue by a very young Anthony Hopkinswho once was a student of Dr.

Setting aside, for the moment, the convoluted logic that something creates an immediate misfortune, because of the fact that it is a long term misfortune what?!? It’s worth noting that Bronowski isn’t, despite what seems to be or sincere effort, a biologist, historian, or anthropologist, but a mathematician with a background in physics.

All our science, all our endeavour, is for something. Did you know Hegel published an absurd thesis when he was young about how the distance of the orbits of the planets brlnowski to conform to a number series?

Biology is not important in order bbronowski make the human being understand brojowski role in perpetuating the knowledge he is responsible for transmitting, generation after generation. Though clearly intended to be only an introduction to its subjects, the book is tremendously mzn in scope, taking in paleontology, architecture, alchemy, industrialization, quantum physics and genetics; noticeably, it has little to say about psychology.


When people believe that ov have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality, this is how they behave. Quotes from The Ascent of Man.

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There are two things to remember about this book. Inthanks to a part television series on BBC2, he had become one of the world’s most celebrated intellectuals, and by the late summer of he was dead. 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.

Share this Rating Title: And science, as Bronowski points out, is the very opposite of dehumanizing and arrogant.

The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski – review

California Book Award for Nonfiction Gold Finished after 3 weeks of slogging through it. The lintel and post system used by the Greeks leads to a forest of columns, and the Mezquita, although less crowded, is still filled with arches. He will …more One thing that Carl Sagan asserts is the wonders of the Cosmos and the comparative insignificance of mankind. 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.

At several moments I felt that he should have gone into more details and better explain his ideas.