The Ascent of Man

The Ascent of Man

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by Jacob Bronowski
     
 

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A new paperback edition of Dr. Bronowski's classic history of humankind, with a foreword by Richard Dawkins

Dr. Jacob Bronowksi's classic traces the development of human society through our understanding of science. First published in 1973 to accompany the groundbreaking BBC television series, it is considered one of the first works of "popular

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A new paperback edition of Dr. Bronowski's classic history of humankind, with a foreword by Richard Dawkins

Dr. Jacob Bronowksi's classic traces the development of human society through our understanding of science. First published in 1973 to accompany the groundbreaking BBC television series, 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. In this new paperback edition, The Ascent of Man inspires, influences, and informs as profoundly as ever.

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"The book and television series . . . are a superb teaching tool and a remarkable memorial."  —Carl Sagan

"A great book . . . it taught me a huge amount about mixing history and science."  —Simon Singh, author, The Code Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849901154
Publisher:
B B C Worldwide Americas
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
183,142
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974) was a mathematician, biologist, science historian, and author. His other well-known works include The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination and The Western Intellectual Tradition, From Leonardo to Hegel. Richard Dawkins is the author of The God Delusion and The Selfish Gene.

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Ascent Of Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SLOMNUTS More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real classic. Where stays the hardcover?
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