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Cast: Jacob Bronowski
Based on Jacob Bronowski's companion book of the same name, the Ascent of Man series traces human evolution from its meager beginnings. Ascent of Man: Lower Than Angels is the premiere episode and explores the emergence of the species and man's subsequent relationship to the environment. Using ancient skeletons as examples, Bronowski shows the gradual changes in physicality that accompany evolutionary growth. He also introduces ideas about the cultural adaptations that took place over thousands of years. In a grand gesture, Bronowski even speculates as to the actual location of the Garden of Eden. ~ Sarah Ing
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I saw the series on TV a long time ago. It should be taught in high schools everywhere. Every student should have the benefit of exposure to the late Jacob Brounowski. Thanks for keeping it available B& N.
This was the first of the opinion-science-philosophy series ever produced, and remains the best. It's hard now to convey the impact this BBC series, shown on PBS in America, had 40 years ago. That it spawned a host of imitators should give you a clue. But to the uninitiated viewer, and that should include every 17 year old in America as a rite of passage, that impact remains. This is the original. It is magnificent. For any flowering mind of any age but especially for those just beginning to contemplate the world, being given the opportunity to see things through Jacob's lens is a must.