The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon

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What an awakening to be reminded of the influential works of the polymath Joseph Bronowski, a name so familiar a generation or two ago, but whose memory has faded with time. With a play on the name of the outstanding BBC TV production and also book, The Ascent of Man, author Timothy Sandefur has gathered the evolutionary history of this remarkable individual more intimately known as Bruno. As a Polish immigrant to England, Bronowski quickly mastered the English language and developed a passion for poetry and a fascination for philosophy. His appeal for the arts matched his brilliance in mathematics and physics. From his exposure to the military damage incurred during WW11 and the horrors viewed after the Japanese atomic blasts, these encounters ignited a strong distaste for the dangers of Science. He strongly encouraged the combination of the two cultures, the humanities, and the sciences, as the foundations for education and for them to be embraced by the prevailing culture. It is mind-boggling to read about this charismatic personality who brilliantly wrote poetry, plays, dramas, popularized science and art working both in England and the United States. Publicly, he was best known through the magnificent BBC productions of The Ascent of Man series in the 1970s (which are available on YouTube), and it should be noted that he also helped found the prominent Salk Institute. This book pays homage to a remarkable individual whose intellectual brilliance enlightened generations as part of the twentieth century. His story should serve as an educational model for current readers of the heights that man can attain.


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Author Timothy Sandefur
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher Prometheus Books
Publish Date 02-Jul-2019
ISBN 9781633885264
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Issue July 2019
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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