The Ascent of Man

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Dr. Bronowski's classic history of humankind. Dr. Jacob Bronowski's groundbreaking book The Ascent of Man traces the development of human society through its understanding of science. First published in 1973, it is considered one of the first works of "popular science", illuminating the historical and social context of scientific development for a generation of readers. In his highly accessible style, Dr. Bronowski discusses human invention from the flint tool to geometry, agriculture to genetics, and from ...

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Overview

Dr. Bronowski's classic history of humankind. Dr. Jacob Bronowski's groundbreaking book The Ascent of Man traces the development of human society through its understanding of science. First published in 1973, it is considered one of the first works of "popular science", illuminating the historical and social context of scientific development for a generation of readers. In his highly accessible style, Dr. Bronowski discusses human invention from the flint tool to geometry, agriculture to genetics, and from alchemy to the theory of relativity, showing how they all are expressions of our ability to understand and control nature. The Ascent of Man inspires, influences and informs as profoundly as ever.

Lauded by critics and devoured by countless readers as a companion to the acclaimed PBS series, this work traces the development of science as an expression of the special gifts that characterize man and make him preeminent among animals. Bronowski's exciting, splendidly illustrated investigation offers a new perspective not just on science, but on civilization itself. Photographs.

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"A great book... it taught me a huge amount about mixing history and science."
—Simon Singh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849901154
  • Publisher: B B C Worldwide Americas
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 252,215
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. JACOB BRONOWSKI was born in Poland in 1908 and died in 1974. His family settled in Britain and he was educated at Cambridge University. He was distinguished not only as a scientist but also as the author of books and broadcasts on the arts, and was an honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. Dr. Bronowski lived and worked in America from 1964, as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Council for Biology in Human Affairs.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    ESSENTIAL for students/research junkies in Anthro, Physics & anyone else!

    I was introduced to this book by a professor during my sophomore year in college. On the first day of class he wrote the quote at the end of the book on the board. I thought it was so good that I asked about it after class. He brought the book in for me to look at during class, but wouldn't lend it to me. I didn't hear one word of his lecture that day because I was so enraptured by this book. It's so ahead of its time that I just recently saw a documentary called "Becoming Human" (2009), made by NOVA, which uses material that Bronowski was writing about in the F'ing 70s! The dude was a rockstar. Buy this book. I found the hardcover after looking for about a week and it was well worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    The Beauty and Value of The Ascent of Man

    The importance of this book can not be underestimated especially at the dawn of the 21st Century. Dr. Bronowski states that knowledge is not a loose leaf notebook of facts and in emphasizing this he very aptly bridges the 'gap' between science and the humanities. As a student ot the 50's & 60's science was presented to me as a diet of isolated facts. He bridged these facts, put them in a philosophical context, and warned all of humanity of the danger of the'itch for absolute knowledge and power.' We have to reach out and touch people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    What's with the 5.5GB "available" extra content?

    I saw the PBS series years ago, and was taken by it. So much so, that my wife bought me the book for Christmas. I dig it out and read parts now and again even today. To me, he's a mathematician that could have been a poet.

    So, I may purchase this book for my nook just for the convenience. However, I don't know how the big book print format will render on my little nook. Question: What is that extra content? That's about the right size for ten standard definition TV shows. What the heck could that much data be?

    If I breakdown and buy this, a book I already have, I'll let you know. Their term "available content" almost sounds like room where readers can store content, but that doesn't make sense. Anyone out there know?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2000

    A Classic!

    A real classic. Where stays the hardcover?

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