The Ascent of Man.

June 6, 2007 at 11:19 am | Posted in DVD Documentary | Leave a comment

The Ascent of Man. Based on the book by J Bronowski.
The Ascent of Man, now available on DVD, is one of the best television documentary series that I have ever seen. I remember watching this when it was first broadcast on TV in the 1970s. Who could forget Dr Jacob Bronowski’s impassioned style of communication, his gnomic stature, and his wonderful ties? He describes the series as a “personal journey through intellectual history.” He was first a mathematician, later a biologist, and a lover of poetry and the arts. The series was filmed in locations that spanned the globe – Jericho, Basel, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Vienna, and humankind’s nadir, Auschwitz. He covers cultural achievements from stone tools to horsepower to quantum physics. This series is a jewel in the BBC’s crown and not to be missed.

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