Saturday, 19 January 2008

Have you heard of Jacob Bronowski?

To my shame, I had not until I checked my blog reader this morning.

Yesterday would have been his 100th birthday, and it was marked on both The Panda's Thumb and Pharyngula.

According to Wikipedia, Bronowski's television series The Ascent of Man was part of the inspiration for Carl Sagan's series Cosmos.

What really got me - made me an instant fan of Bronowski - is this clip from The Ascent of Man that was linked on The Panda's Thumb:

It's moving. It's insightful. It's brilliant. It's heart-wrenchingly human.


  1. I had heard of him, but had only the vaguest notion of his contributions until you made me look further. Thanks for that!

  2. I love Jacob. I have the whole series (The Ascent of man) on DVD, as well as the book. What a delight to watch and read, it gives one a complete overview of man and humanity!


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