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Finally, creation is largely possible because society allows children to grow up to be different from their parents. Before the brain is an instrument for action, it has to be an instrument of preparation. Again, the author stresses the importance of direct engagement. Bronowski even goes so far as to say that intellectual leadership and civil authority ought to be separate affairs. The best way to insure this happens? Make sure that science is never sequestered away. Talking to my dad about Bronowski, we discussed the role science is given in our modern society.

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Too often, we concluded, science is now in the hands of elite moneymakers. Science is developed to fit the needs of corporations. By subjecting workers to sweatshop conditions or considering them as replaceable by machines, the dignity of man is infringed upon. There is a disconnect between creator and creation that can kill innovation. Over the series' thirteen episodes, Bronowski travelled around the world in order to trace the development of human society through its understanding of science.

It was commissioned specifically to complement Kenneth Clark's Civilisation , in which Clark argued that art reflected and was informed by the major driving forces in cultural evolution. Episode 01 - Lower Than the Angels This episode tells of human evolution from 4 million years ago to , years ago, using computer graphics. Episode 02 - The Harvest of the Seasons This episode explains early human migration, agriculture, the introduction of tools, and the domestication of animals.

Episode 04 - The Hidden Structure This episode traces the development of chemistry from the early use of fire to disclose metals like copper to our modern knowledge of the elements.

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Episode 05 - Music of the Spheres This episode looks at the evolution of mathematics, tracing the impact of Pythagorean thought on the Islamic empire, Moorish Spain and Renaissance Europe. An American Film Festival Award winner, this 13 volume series attempts a massive survey of science, from flint tools to the theory of relativity.

It is given superb technical support, with two crews using innovative filming techniques, shooting in 27 countries. 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: Programs in the series: The series peels back layers of history,invention, science and archaeology to investigate the 'great paradox of the human species' Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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