The Ascent of Man

Lauded by critics devoured by readers, this companion to the BBC series traces the development of science as an expression of the special gifts that characterize humans make us preeminent animals Bronowski s exciting, illustrated investigation offers a perspective not just on science, but on civilization itself Lower than the angelsForewordThe harvest of theLauded by critics devoured by readers, this companion to the BBC series traces the development of science as an expression of the special gifts that characterize humans make us preeminent animals Bronowski s exciting, illustrated investigation offers a perspective not just on science, but on civilization itself Lower than the angelsForewordThe harvest of the seasons The grain in the stoneThe hidden structure The music of the spheresThe starry messanger The majestic clockworkThe drive for power The ladder of creation World within world Knowledge or certainty Generation upon generationThe long childhoodBibliographyIndex
The Ascent of Man Lauded by critics devoured by readers this companion to the BBC series traces the development of science as an expression of the special gifts that characterize humans make us preeminent animals Bron

  • Title: The Ascent of Man
  • Author: Jacob Bronowski
  • ISBN: 9780708820353
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. "It's said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. That's false, tragically false. Look for yourself. This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz. This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some four million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance, it was done by dogma, it was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality, this is how the [...]

    2. Fifty years from now, if an understanding of man’s origins, his evolution, his history, his progress is not in the common place of the school books, we shall not exist.I watched this series right after finishing Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, as I’d heard The Ascent of Man described as a companion piece. So like my review of Clark’s work, this review is about the documentary and not the book (though since the book is just a transcription of the series, I’m sure it applies to both). The [...]

    3. THE ASCENT OF MAN. (1973; this ed. 2011). Jacob Bronowski. ****. It’s hard to believe that almost forty years ago I was watching this series on PBS. I immediately went out and bought the companion book to the series and read it straight through. This edition, published by The Folio Society, is a reprint of that edition with a new foreword by Mervyn Bragg, and was one of the presentation volumes for 2012 members. After reading it again, I found that some of its contents were slightly dated, but [...]

    4. Brilliant. This book inspired me in a way that I've never been before. What is explained by the man, is nothing short of crystal clear descriptions of Humankind's physical, scientific, sociological and theological discoveries from the very first roaming tribes to our modern era. It is presented, stripped of the wordy, overly philosophical ramblings and data heavy meanderings found in other books that cover similar subject matter. Concise, endearing, earthy, genius. A must for anybody who needs a [...]

    5. There are two things to remember about this book. First, it was published in 1973: it is surprising how, in the course of only 40 years, our knowledge of our evolutionary history has advanced. Second, it was originally a TV series made by the BBC: the book is arranged into 13 essays, I assume based on the original episodes.The book starts logically enough at our roots in east Africa five million years ago. Bronowski doesn’t make nearly enough of how touch-and-go it was, not only then but at se [...]

    6. I never thought I'd say this, but this book would be better if it had been written by an anthropologist rather than a mathematician.The Ascent of Man is the companion book to the 1973 BBC documentary of the same name; I didn't realise this when I bought it (I haven't seen it), but I remembered I knew of its existence upon reading the introduction. It certainly reads like a BBC documentary, with a tediously slow and pompous prose that works better for television narration by David Attenborough or [...]

    7. التطور الحضاري الذي استغرق الانسان آلاف السنين حصره الرياضي جاكوب برونوفسكي في عدة فصول.لم يتطور الانسان الا بالاستيطان لما بدأ يدجن بعض الحيوانات- الكلب أولها :) ثم الماعز و ما يؤكل لحمه، ثم حيوانات الجر- و يزرع بعض النباتات. و من هنا انطلقت المدنية فكانت أول مستوطنة هي أريحا [...]

    8. Powerful stuffnsistently sublime segues between chapters, historical periods and theories. At least a dozen phenomenal insights into several anthropological mainstays. A manner of metaphor and analogy that distills entire theses into a single, resonant sentence. Humility of expression and thought twinned with a generosity of spirit keep the subject in the spotlight throughout whilst the narrator discretely maintains the tempo unseen, offstage.As suitable for the adept as it is for either the dil [...]

    9. Based on the BBC television series of the same name, The Ascent of Man charts the development of human civilization through the lens of scientific progress. Though clearly intended to be only an introduction to its subjects, the book is tremendously wide in scope, taking in paleontology, architecture, alchemy, industrialization, quantum physics and genetics; noticeably, it has little to say about psychology. It is organised in powerful thematic chapters that are also more or less chronological. [...]

    10. يتحدث الكتاب عن التطور الحضاري للإنسان والذي بدأ كما يقول الكتاب منذ عشرة الآف سنة فقط والذي بدأ عندما اتخذ الانسان قراره بالتوقف عن الترحال والإستقرار في مدينة منذ ذلك الوقت فقط بدأت مسيرة الحضارة أكبر خطوة في ارتقاء الإنسان تكمن في انتقاله من مرحلة البداوة الى المرحلة الز [...]

    11. A marvelous study of man’s rise shown through the lens of scientific discoveries. Written for the intelligent layman, and the basis of the lauded TV series, this is an essential book for anyone interested in the evolution of science.

    12. I did not finish this book so I won't officially count it in my own stats as read. But there's no real way to indicate that here. They need an "abandoned" choice. The reason why I'm reviewing it is because there are numerous errors in the first chapter that make this a problematic read. That's as far as I got. These errors have to do with human evolution. This book was originally published in 1973 so that explains some of the mistakes, but not all. And the mistakes that would not be blamed on th [...]

    13. كان من الممكن أن استمع إلى كلمات هذا الكتاب بينما أشاهد لقطات طبيعية أخّاذة، أو توثيق لحياة قبائل بدائية، أو أشاهد مواقع الحفريات والآثار، أو إعادة تمثيل لأحداث تاريخية مرّت ببعض العلماء، أو حتى محاكاة مجسمة لعمل الخلايا والجزئيات، فالكتاب في الأصل هو نَص تعليقات برنامج وث [...]

    14. El libro plantea ideas muy interesantes y creo que cumple con la labor divulgativa (aunque reconozco que no han faltado las partes en las que me he sentido terriblemente idiota por no comprender lo que el autor me estaba intentando explicar) Aun así, hay un par de cosas que me han escamado en la mayor parte del libro (a excepción, quizás, de los primeros capítulos). La primera, esa especie de idolatría a «Los Grandes Hombres de la Ciencia»; entiendo el mérito que tiene lo que hicieron y [...]

    15. This book was assigned for a college course I took about a thousand years ago. The instructor was obsessed with Jacob Bronowski, so he played many, if not all of the documentary episodes that went along with the book, probably so he could sit in the corner and hide his boner (c'mon, the course was called "The Ascent of Man" fer chrissakes. It should have been called "The Life and Times of Jacob Bronowski Plus Some Stuff That Might Make You Ungrateful Wankers Appreciate Not Living in Mud Huts." T [...]

    16. İnsandaki entelektüel arayış, uğraş devam ettiği sürece, insanın yükselişi de devam edecektir. Yazar, kitabı iki temel sorunun üzerine inşa etmiş:1- Neden diğer türler değil de insan bu derece yükseldi?2- Bu yükselmede lokomotifliği kim yaptı?Kitap boyunca bu sorulara yanıtlar arıyoruz ve bunları tartışıyoruz. Yazarın görüşü, insanın diğer türlerden evrimsel olarak daha avantajlı olmasını sağlayan bazı özelliklerinin bulunmasıdır. Bunlar doğayı biçi [...]

    17. Writing is a revitalizing experience. It changes your mind, and it turns your body into a magical soul. Although I don’t believe in spiritualisms, I am truly confident that the human condition is perpetuated by our own behaviours. In the end, it isn’t really important the way we lived, but why we lived. Did we populate the Earth to reproduce and eat, like 99 percent of all other species? Or were we born in order to shift the perspective of our universe? By reading the immensely significant w [...]

    18. This book is based on a television documentary series produced in 1973 by the BBC in association with Time-Life Films. The title alludes to The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin. The book traces the development of human society through its understanding of science.The book is written in a rather odd and stilted style which I found completely bizarre at times. Here's an example:"The role of women in nomad tribes is narrowly defined. Above all, the function of women is to produce men-children; too [...]

    19. Originally published on my blog here in August 2001.Like Kenneth Clarke's Civilisation, The Ascent of Man is a series looked up to by every producer of factual, educational TV programmes. It probably wouldn't get made today, as its broad canvas is not really fashionable, and it is not about ordinary people. Its subject is the history of science, far removed from the pseudo-anthropology of "Reality TV".The arrangement of material is a little unusual; it is basically thematic, each chapter trackin [...]

    20. Excellent book about the story of mankind not too dissimilar from Jared diamonds guns germs and steel. the book starts off with the evolution of man from basic mini monkey types like the Limur (king Julian!) through to homo erectus, Neanderthal and finally homo sapien around 100,000 years ago. Then the book really begins by exploring a whole whose of subjects like: food, nomad cultures, structures and architecture, fire, metals, numbers, islam and the rise of Europe through the renaissance and t [...]

    21. I really liked this book. It's full of fascinating facts and stories from our past. It consists of many episodes but it is essentially one long story. It's our story. How did we, human beings, rise from the animal world and become what we are today.I will always remember the story about the appearance of first hybrid wheat in the Middle East and raise of agricultural societies.There is also a lot of interesting stories about scientists. I’ve heard about all of them but I found so many amazing [...]

    22. Finished after 3 weeks of slogging through it. I took that long, not because it isn't interesting, but because it is. With a book like this one I like to read and give thought and analysis what I have read. It is just the way my thinking works, I guess I'm not that "quick".The Ascent of Man is our scientific development from the start using small ancient hand tools and the emergence of our humanity through the development of quantum physics, DNA, cognitive science, artificial intelligence. and b [...]

    23. الكتاب عندي 257 صفحة فقط بعد أن انتهيت وذهلت أستطيع أن أقول أنه نسخة أصغر فلسفياً وشمولاً لكنها أمتع أدبياً من كتاب كيف تغير العالم لجيمس بيرك عرض المؤلف بتسلسل ذكي خطوات ارتقاء الإنسان منذ أصوله الأقل بيولوجياً حتى عصره هو عصر ثورة العلم وإنجازاته مر على مستعمرات الصيد وحض [...]

    24. This is an excellent book. It is a broad-brush survey of man’s cultural evolution, although his biological evolution is covered in the first chapter. It is just JB’s opinion as to what is important in man’s journey to where we are today, and his background as a physicist shows in what he describes. Since the book was written in 1973, there obviously has been much learned on the subject since then, especially in biological evolution. What is most impressive about this book is the demonstrat [...]

    25. A whirlwind tour of human history, the development of society and culture, and the importance of intellectual freedom. This is a great book if you're interested in the roles of science, art, and ingenuity in our world. The author's breadth of knowledge is unparalleled, and it shows through as he constructs themes that tie science and mathematics together with the arts to become one cohesive perspective on what it means to be human.

    26. Pleasant and quick to read, this is mainly aimed at a very large audience -it's actually based on a docu' TV. That means, of course, that it's very basic and simple. More, so much has been published on the topic since then that, even though it's a precursor in its genre there's not a lot to learn here. A good read none-the-less.

    27. This book feels a bit aged (it's published approx 1972). It does a good job of telling the story of how we got here, but doesn't really want to address the "why" question, despite exuding a boundless optimism that the direction we're going is "right".

    28. قرأته في طبعة سلسلة "عالم المعرفة" الكويتية، تحت عنوان ارتقاء الإنسان، ترجمة موفق شخاشيرو وترجمة زهير الكرمي. الكتاب غاية في الجمال والبساطة. رحلة في تاريخ العلوم متعرضاً لفلسفتها، مقترباً من الخط الفاصل الذي يميزنا كبشر عن سائر مخلوقات هذا الكون.

    29. A journey through major developments and innovations of humankind that have led to where it is today (or least to where it was in 1973). Entertaining and educational.

    30. An amazing journey into the history and philosophy of science, in book and TV documentary by the BBC. Changed my life.

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