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The Ascent of Man 

An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.
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Jacob Bronowski Jacob Bronowski ...  Himself - Presenter 13 episodes, 1973
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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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UK

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English

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7 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Powstawanie czlowieka See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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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The Narrow Way
Written by Pink Floyd
Performed by Nick Mason
Courtesy of Capitol Records USA
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Gets better and better as it goes along
30 October 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

A bit wordy and dry, even dull at times at times (especially early on), but also full of ever more interesting insight and theories by writer/host Jacob Bronowski. It reminded me of nothing as much as a really interesting illustrated college lecture series.

The series is in 13 parts, each covering a different key step in the development of civilization. A few of Brononski's theories seem a bit stretched, or even wrong headed, the visual style is dated and the effects less than impressive, but that doesn't mean the show isn't interesting, thought provoking and occasionally quite moving -- especially as the series goes on.

I don't feel I need to ever re-see the earliest 4 or 5 episodes again. They feel pretty pedantic and straightforward, and there wasn't much I didn't find familiar.

But the the last 4 or 5 episodes are incredibly clear explanations of the often complex and confusing world of 19th and 20th century science, mixed with quite touching observations about the role of science in a bigger society, its poetry, and the way it feeds humanity' soul.

A strange series - it starts out as fine but nothing special, and ends up somewhere quite powerful.


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