E–pub/Pdf [The Ascent of Man] Ó Jacob Bronowski
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 because there are numerous errors in the first chapter that make this a problematic read That as far as I ot 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 the time of writing made me unable to feel comfortable with what else I might find in the book perhaps errors that I didn t recognize as errorsAn added disappointment is that there is a foreword by Richard Dawkins written in 2011 Dawkins certainly would have recognized these errors which makes me suspect that he didn t actually read the book I cannot recommend this book Powerful stuffconsistently 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 The Race of the Birkebeiners generosity of spirit keep the subject in the spotlight throughout whilst the narrator discretely maintains the tempo unseen offstageAs suitable for the adept as it is for either the dilettante or the debutante Bronowski unveils his formidable but never alienating intellect Top marks 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 earthyenius A must for anybody who needs a refresher course on Holiday Babies Series general science anthropology physics etc 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 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 uantum physics andenetics noticeably it has little to say about psychology It is organised in powerful thematic chapters that are also or less chronological So it begins by looking at human fossils in Chapter 1 Lower than the Angels and ends by discussing John von Neumann and El infierno de Ian (Saga Security Ward n 6) game theory in Chapter 13 The Long Childhood Since the book was published in 1973 I expect its discussion of contemporary science and perhaps historical events and figures needs updating But as the chapter titles suggest the book is not so much concerned with presenting up to date facts as with creating a philosophy for the twentieth century which shall be all of one piece from the Foreword It is a philosophy that puts man at the center of things He is in this book the seeker of knowledge and seek using the tools of observation reasoning and conversation Iuess the philosophy can be called scientific rationalism And one of the many achievements
of this lucid and learned book is to restore the viability of this view It this lucid and learned book is to restore the viability of this view It so by not ignoring the fall out from technological progress whether it be the harsh factories of the Industrial Revolution or the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagaski It does so also by reminding us of the responsible actions taken by some industrialists and innovators in their respective situations and so proves its point that science was not to blame but man s uses of it were Related to this Bronowski deplores what he calls the aristocracy of the intellect scientists who move away from the needs of people and into the arms of The Debt Millionaire: Most People Will Never Build Real Wealth; Now You Can Be One of the Few Who Do government industry and corporations Bronowski calls for instead a democracy of the intellect By that he means a society that not only allows the specialist to do specialist things but also educates the non specialists like us on how nature works Jacob Bronowski was a British mathematician biologist poet and playwright In reflection of the different facets of his mind his prose is clear organizing poetic with a strong feel fo. Lauded by critics devoured by readers this companion to the BBC series traces the development of science as an expression of the specialifts that characterize humans make us preeminent animals Bronowski's.
Any members of my family who died here to stand here as a survivor and a witness We have to cure ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power We have to close the distance between the push button order and the human act We have to touch people The Ascent of Man 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 many if not all of the documentary episodes that went along with the book probably so he could sit in 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 The Resilient Management guy was way too into it And don t even act like you never had to hide a boner in college So anyway I payed very close attention to the movies and left my copy of the book in its plastic wrap and managed toet a better rade than my friends neener Years later when those cheap bastards at Half Price Books offered me a uarter for my still in plastic 1695 cover price copy I counter offered a few suggestions as to what they could do with their uarter and went home and
finally opened it and read the damned thing It was alright I never thought I d say this butopened it and read the damned thing It was alright I never thought I d say this but 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 indeed Jacob Bronowski than for a bookIt sets out to ive an overview of the whole of human history briefly oing over our biological evolution and then covering in some detail our cultural evolutionIt s worth noting that Bronowski isn t despite what seems to be a sincere effort a biologist historian or anthropologist but a mathematician with a background in physics Maybe this is why his discussion of our evolutionary origins is often too sloppy for instance he explains that he does not like the name Australopithecus because it means southern ape which is confusing for something that for the first time was not an ape which is obviously wrong I considered that probably to be an artefact of his native Polish which like most languages does not have a collouial distinction between monkeys and apes but does have one between monkeys and non human apes on the one hand ma pa and humans on the other but Bronowski made it clear later on that he doesn t speak a word of Polish any and his discussion of history just repeats a whole lot of layperson misconceptions and ancient canards starting with the idea that nomadic *cultures are culturally arid because nomads don t have time to create artifacts that aren t strictly practical or *are culturally arid because nomads don t have time to create artifacts that aren t strictly practical or ability to cart them around with them and just continuing on from there until he reaches the 20th centuryOr maybe it s just because the book was written in 1973 before many of the things we now know were well known for instance the reason the New World lagged behind the Old in terms of technology Bronowski suggests it s because it was colonised later around the end of the last ice age ignoring his earlier statement that that s also the time period cultural evolution began in earnest in the Old World as well and when the kind of cultural condescension he exhibits casually referring to Europe as the civilised world completely disregarding China and the Mohammedans though he calls Mohammed Mahomet even as he patronisingly praises the latter for their Golden Age mathematics elsewhere was acceptable I don t knowEither way and high profile accolades notwithstanding Dawkins Sagan Singh The Ascent of Man could be a lot better than it is Bronowski should have otten a historian to punch him in the chest from time to time 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. Usic of the spheresThe starry messanger The majestic clockworkThe drive for power The ladder of creation World within world Knowledge or certainty Generation upon enerationThe long childhoodBibliographyInde. ,
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R the dramatic illustration or detail I read all 438 pages of the book in the course of two leisurely days The accompanying pictures are often revelatory as well At his death in 1974 a year after the publication of the book he was a Fellow of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies La Jolla California 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 knowledge of our evolutionary history has advanced Second it was a TV series made by the BBC the book is arranged into 13 essays I assume based on the original episodesThe book starts logically enough at our roots in east Africa five million years ago Bronowski doesn t make nearly enough of how touch and o it was not only then but at several points later when we could easily have Daemon gone extinct I think this is mainly because much of what we have learned about the tenuousness of our evolution we have done so uite recently Indeed several human branches did die out including the Neanderthal and if a new book on this topic were to be written I d like to see attention paid to the possible reasons for these demisesHe does make the valid point that our weakness as well as our strength lay in the fact that we were not nearly as shaped by our environment as other animals were honed over time into a perfect fit with those things we ate and those that would eat us Rather it is the brain hand relationship of the human that caused us rather to shape our environment While this was an eventual advantage is was not always so things like climate change forced us to migrate or face annihilationIt is also interesting how in 1973 the main source of our information concerning how both Homo erectus and Homo sapiens migrated across thelobe was blood Jerusalem: A Cookbook groups DNA analysis was then still a young science but bloodroups allowed us a very Tents in the Wilderness gooduess at the process For example it enabled us to determine that humans crossed the Bering Strait into North America not in one but in two separate migrations something confirmed by DNA analysis albeit with precisionThe next chapter deals with the transition from a nomad culture tracking the paths of animal herds to one of agriculture This according to Bronowski started 12000 years ago which leaves an enormous W. Edwards Deming: Critical Evaluations In Business And Management (Critical Evaluations in Business and Management) gap from the appearance of Homo sapiens 150000 years ago even earlier in the case of Homo erectus in which it is assumed our ancestors happily continued their hunting andathering lifestyle What evidence we have especially here in Africa indeed points in that direction but it is sparse It s as if several chapters are missing from the human story the bit between the development of tools and the domestication of both animals and plants Again I should have liked a thorough attempt at fleshing out the apsThe ensuing chapters spend time on particular human achievements such as mathematics *architecture music astronomy physics chemistry biology and so on This read like a history book While *music astronomy physics chemistry biology and so on This read like a history book While was interesting it was not so much about the ascent of man some may say that he had already ascended when he founded his first city his first enclosure against the vagaries of the elements as it was about his applying the finishing touches to a remarkable project that had started five million years before that was not always assured of success and that would forever be a work in progressSummarizing I enjoyed the book but knowledge moves on man continues to ascend and an update would be welcome 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 false tragically false Look for yourself This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz This is where people turned into numbers Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some four million people And that was not done by as 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 they behave This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of odsScience is a very human form of knowledge We are always at the brink of the known we always feel forward for what is to be hoped Every judgment in science stands on the edge of error and is personal Science is a tribute to what we can know although we are fallible In the end the words were said by Oliver Cromwell I beseech you in the bowels of Christ Think it possible you may be mistakenI owe it as a scientist to my friend Leo Szilard I owe it as a human being to the Exciting illustrated investigation offers a perspective not just on science but on civilization itself Lower than the angelsForewordThe harvest of the seasons The rain in the stoneThe hidden structure The ,