An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.
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Jacob Bronowski ...
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Jacob Bronowski, a friend of many famous 20th century nuclear physicists describes the history of Man from Ape to computer-maker. He touches upon the history of art, empires and science. Written by Sundar Narayan

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For the initial broadcast of the program, each segment had an epilogue by a very young Anthony Hopkins, who once was a student of Dr. Bronowski's. See more »

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Voyage
Written by The Moody Blues
Performed by The Moody Blues
Courtesy of Mobile Fidelity Records
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wonderful beyond description
12 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Ascent of Man, written and presented by Jacob Bronowski is probably the most important and mind-opening piece of celluloid I have ever seen. The narration is wonderful, his usage of words is very selective, almost poetic. The series are dealing mathematics, art, physics, chemistry, history, medicine... and above all humanity. The story of man and his ascent from an ape to developing first tools and eventually reaching computer age. There is also a book (same title) containing the same text, which proves the masterful storytelling of Dr. Bronowski.

Couldn't recommend this more...


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