THE ASCENT OF MAN by Jacob Bronowski: Episodes 3 & 4

  • April 21, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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The extraordinary BBC televison series wriiten and hosted by mathematician, biologist, poet, playwright, historian and inventor, Jacob Bronowski, which traces the history of mankind, and its ascent from a feature of the land to a shaper of it. This series

consists of 13 one-hour episodes, and we will watch two episodes at each of our sessions.

Join us in viewing and discussing this marvelous, optimistic outlook on the history and future of humanity, from an Eastern Eurpoean Jew who lived through the time of the Holocaust, and a scientist who witnessed the destruction wrought by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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This Sunday, we will watch episodes 3 and 4:

  • Episode 3: The Grain in the Stone — Tools, and the development of architecture and sculpture.
  • Episode 4: The Hidden Structure — Fire, metals and alchemy.

The upcoming episodes are:

  • Music of the Spheres — The language of numbers and mathematics.
  • The Starry Messenger — Galileo's universe--and the implications of his trial on the shift to "northern" science.
  • The Majestic Clockwork — Explores Newton and Einstein's laws.
  • The Drive for Power — The Industrial Revolution and the effect on everyday life.
  • The Ladder of Creation — Darwin and Wallace's ideas on the origin of species.
  • World within World — The story of the periodic table--and of the atom.
  • Knowledge or Certainty — Physics and the clash of the pursuit of absolute vs. imperfect knowledge, and the misgivings of the scientists realizing the terrible outcome of the conflict. Auschwitz. Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Generation upon Generation — The joys of life, sex, and genetics--and the dark side of cloning.
  • The Long Childhood — Bronowski's treatise on the commitment of man.


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  • Ryan C.

    Did y'all know that Anthony Hopkins was a student of Jacob Bronowski and when this series originally aired it would end with Hopkins talking???? I just found that out. :)

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Wayne T.

      Very interesting - I did not know that.

      April 23, 2013

  • Charles DeMarkus K.

    I'm telling all my friends how great it is.

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    Such a great and informative documentary series. Also, had a great time with Wayne, Leslie and Charles.

    April 21, 2013

  • Sharry

    While I have help and natural light I need to finish painting my living room.

    1 · April 21, 2013

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