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The Ascent of Man

The series, a co-production of the BBC and Time-Life Films was made as a science counterpart to "Civilization". It is given superb technical support, with two crews using innovative filming techniques, shooting in 27 countries. Dr. Jacob Bronowski makes for an unorthodox narrator, his non-scripted delivery ranging from hushed awe to trembling passion. He uses the crawling infant, the performing athlete, the development of the hunt and the discovery of fire to illustrate the most distinctive feature of man: imagination. His Scientific-Humanism is often spectacular, always provocative.
  • Title ID 9-AOM
  • History, Ancient History, World History, Evolution, Social Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology
  • 13 Programs
  • 1 Supplemental File
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2006 by BBC
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Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

Lower Than AngelsRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses evolution and early man

Harvest of the SeasonsRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses Neolithic Man, Genghis Khan and warfare.

Grain in the StoneRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses Ancient Greece and Ancient Architecture.

The Hidden StructureRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses

Music of the SpheresRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses Bronze Age, Ancient China and Ancient Japan.

Starry MessengerRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses

Majestic ClockworkRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses the Renaissance and Galileo.

Drive for PowerRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses the industrial revolution and classical physics.

Ladder of CreationRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses evolution, Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin.

World Within WorldRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses atomic theory and modern physics.

Knowledge or CertaintyRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses the atomic bomb and World War II.

Generation Upon GenerationRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses evolution, Gregor Mendel and genetics.

Long ChildhoodRunning time is 52 minutes

Jacob Bronowiski discusses society and science.

Supplemental Files

MARC Records for AOM
MARC records for the Full Series AOM, The Ascent of Man