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Thu Aug 10 13:57:24 UTC 2017
On 10 August 2017 at 14:07, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> I have Darwin's magnum opus on my table. He does write well, but damn it,
> page after page of birds and more birds gets a little tedious.
> I just thought 'ascent' deserved a bit of a joke - not much there, I reckon.
If you enjoyed 'Connections' you would probably like 'The Ascent of
Man' by Dr. Bronowski.
The Ascent of Man is a 13-part documentary television series produced
by the BBC and Time-Life Films first broadcast in 1973; it was written
and presented by Jacob Bronowski. Intended as a series of "personal
view" documentaries in the manner of Kenneth Clark's 1969 series
Civilisation, the series received acclaim for Bronowski's highly
informed but eloquently simple analysis, his long unscripted
monologues and its extensive location shoots.
The title alludes to The Descent of Man, the second book on evolution
by Charles Darwin. Over the series' 13 episodes, Bronowski travelled
around the world in order to trace the development of human society
through its understanding of science.
The book of the series, The Ascent of Man: A Personal View, is an
almost word-for-word transcript.
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