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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) 2,616 copie, 20 recensioni
Science and Human Values (1956) 497 copie, 3 recensioni
The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination (1978) 317 copie, 3 recensioni
The Common Sense of Science (1951) 238 copie, 1 recensione
Il senso del futuro: saggi di filosofia naturale (1977) 160 copie, 3 recensioni
The Identity of Man (1965) 151 copie, 2 recensioni
William Blake (1969) 61 copie
Biography of an Atom (1965) 29 copie, 1 recensione
The Ascent Of Man: The Complete BBC Series (2005) 24 copie, 1 recensione
The Face of Violence (2010) 14 copie

Opere correlate

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Collaboratore — 809 copie, 6 recensioni
The Double Helix [Norton Critical Edition] (1980) — Collaboratore — 376 copie, 3 recensioni
William Blake: A Selection of Poems and Letters (1958) — A cura di — 329 copie, 1 recensione
The Horizon Book of the Renaissance (1961) — Collaboratore — 252 copie, 3 recensioni
Man Alone: Alienation in Modern Society (1962) — Collaboratore — 142 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.



A well-illustrated book to accompany the television series. Bronowski was lucid, inspirational and endearing, but he was writing during the age of postwar optimism in human progress, so unlike the present period of medical conspiracy theorists and unreflective consumers of technological panaceas.
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sfj2 | 19 altre recensioni | Jun 15, 2024 |
Bronowski considers the crisis of self-confidence that results from each person's wish to be a person "in the face of the nagging fear that, as science seems to show, he is a machine."
PendleHillLibrary | 1 altra recensione | Mar 14, 2024 |
Excellent, thought provoking book.
Thoroughly enjoyable read.
CraigGoodwin | 19 altre recensioni | Dec 10, 2023 |
$2 to $50 depending on site. Excellent Condition
susangeib | Sep 24, 2023 |


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