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Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974)

Autore di The Ascent of Man

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Born in Poland, Jacob Bronowski moved to England at the age of 12. He received a scholarship to study mathematics at Cambridge University, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1933. At Cambridge, Bronowski edited a literary magazine and wrote verse. He served as lecturer at University College in Hull before mostra altro joining the government service in 1942. During World War II Bronowski participated in military research. He pioneered developments in operations research, which enhanced the effectiveness of Allied bombing raids. After viewing the ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, Bronowski refused to continue military research and became involved with the ethical and technological issues related to science. When he wrote a report on the devastating effects of the atomic bomb, the experience became critical to his career as an author. The report was eventually incorporated in his book Science and Human Values (1965). After World War II Bronowski joined the Ministry of Works, assuming several government posts concerned with research in power resources. In 1964 he came to the United States and served as senior fellow (1964-70) and then director (1970-74) of the Council for Biology in Human Affairs at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. He taught and lectured at several American universities, including MIT, Columbia University, and Yale. Until his death, Bronowski remained a resident fellow at the Salk Institute. Bronowski's writing career can be divided into two periods. Prior to World War II, he wrote mathematical papers, poetry, and literary criticism. After the war, Bronowski wrote mainly about scientific values, science as a humanistic enterprise, language, and creativity. In 1973 Bronowski's acclaimed 13-part BBC television series titled The Ascent of Man chronicled attempts to understand and control nature from antiquity to the present. The series called for a democracy of intellect in which "knowledge sits in the homes and heads of people with no ambition to control others, and not up in the isolated seats of power." Neither naive nor utopian, Bronowski remained a consistent optimist and defender of science. In A Sense of the Future (1977), Bronowski states that, as science becomes increasingly preoccupied with relations and arrangement, it too becomes engaged in the search for structure that typifies modern art. He believed that self-knowledge brings together the experience of the arts and the explanations of science. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno


Opere di Jacob Bronowski

The Ascent of Man (1973) 2,544 copie
Science and Human Values (1956) 485 copie
The Common Sense of Science (1951) 231 copie
The Identity of Man (1965) 148 copie
William Blake (1944) 61 copie
Biography of an Atom (1962) 29 copie
The Face of Violence (1955) 14 copie

Opere correlate

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Collaboratore — 793 copie
The Double Helix [Norton Critical Edition] (1968) — Collaboratore — 363 copie
William Blake: A Selection of Poems and Letters (1958) — A cura di — 320 copie
The Horizon Book of the Renaissance (1961) — Collaboratore — 242 copie
Man Alone: Alienation in Modern Society (1962) — Collaboratore — 140 copie
Philosophical Issues: A Contemporary Introduction (1972) — Collaboratore — 17 copie
Man and the Science of Man (1968) — Collaboratore — 6 copie


Informazioni generali

Altri nomi
Bronowski, J.
Data di nascita
Data di morte
Luogo di sepoltura
Highgate Cemetery, London, England, UK
Russian Federation(birth)
Luogo di nascita
Łódź, Poland, Russian Empire
Luogo di morte
East Hampton, New York, USA
Central Foundation School, London, England
University of Cambridge (Jesus College)
Attività lavorative
historian of science
deputy director of the Salk Institute for biological studie (La Jola, Cal.)
Jardine, Lisa (daughter)
Bronowski, Judith (daughter)
Szilard, Leo (friend)
University of Hull
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
National Coal Board
Breve biografia
Jacob Bronowski's family fled Poland when it was occupied by Russia in World War I, and arrived in England in 1920.  He spoke no English, but eventually won a scholarship to Cambridge University and became a mathematician, scientist, and historian of science. He began appearing on British television in the 1950s and is best remembered as the host and writer of the groundbreaking 13-part 1973 BBC documentary series, The Ascent of Man.



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susangeib | Sep 24, 2023 |
This is a collection of essays the major theme of which is the intensive creative and human nature of the scientific enterprise--its kinship at the highest levels of individual achievement, with comparable manifestations of the artistic imagination and its ethical imperatives evolved within the community of scientists over the centuries.
PendleHillLibrary | 2 altre recensioni | Apr 19, 2023 |
Un viaje a través de la historia intelectual con el fin de encontrar "los grandes monumentos de la invención humana": la Isla de Pascua, Machu Picchu, la biblioteca de Newton y el observatorio de Gauss, la Alhambra y las cuevas de Altamira. En cada lugar, Bronowski considera las cualidades del pensamiento y de la imaginación que hicieron que el hombre, primero analizara el mundo físico para a continuación, explorar las leyes y las estructuras invisibles por encima y por debajo de su superficie. El hombre asciende al descubrir la plenitud de sus propios dones .... lo que él crea en el camino son monumentos en las etapas de su comprensión de la naturaleza y de sí mismo.

Este clásico del doctor Bronowski traza el desarrollo de la sociedad humana a través de nuestra comprensión de la ciencia. Publicado en 1973 junto con una innovadora serie de televisión de la BBC, es considerado una de las primeras obras de divulgación científica, que ilumina el contexto histórico y social del desarrollo científico para una generación de lectores. Bronowski analiza la invención humana desde la herramienta de pedernal a la geometría, desde la agricultura a la genética y desde la alquimia a la teoría de la relatividad, mostrando cómo todas ellas son expresiones de nuestra capacidad de comprender y controlar la naturaleza.
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ferperezm | 17 altre recensioni | Feb 28, 2023 |
More an expression of a personal philosophy by a well-known intellectual and bureaucrat than any thing else. The many well-chosen quotations make it easier reading than it would have been otherwise.
themulhern | Oct 15, 2022 |


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