The Ascent of Man, written by Jacob Bronowski, is an overview on the evolution of mankind into a superior species. Initially a series of 13 BBC documentaries, they were transcribed into a book by the author.
The author's other works such as The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination and The Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo to Hegel focus on mankind's evolution. Similarly, this books talk about the rise of humans from vulnerable, weak mammals to being organisms that have been able to conquer the planet.
In The Ascent of Man, the author mixes history and science to visualize the unique set of circumstances that have brought about the supremacy of mankind. The book talks about the discovery of fire as well as the ability to use tools and create weapons. Early systems of agriculture, urban organizations, rudimentary civilizations, have been explored as well.
According to the author, the increased capacity to reason, ration and has led to the development of mathematics, physics, biology and other sciences. The book explores history till the development of contemporary civilizations. The Ascent of Man was published as a paperback in 2011 by RHUK.
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