(Genetics) Beginning with the discoveries of the monk Gregor Mendel, Bronowski traces the science of genetics and the development of the double-helix model of DNA.
"Bronowski studies the work of Karl Marx as it relates to natural selection. He also profiles the groundbreaking ideas of Gregor Mendel on organic inheritance. From cloning to communism, discoveries in biology have greatly influenced popular society"
"An American Film Festival Award winner, this 13 volume series attempts a massive survey of science, from flint tools to the theory of relativity. 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."http://tinyurl.com/7zcpw2
Episode 1: "Lower than the Angels" (describes evolution of the head)http://www.videosift.com/video/Ascent-of-man-episode-1-BBC-documentary
Episode 2: Harvest of the Seasons (agriculture and the first settlements)http://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-2-Harvest-of-the-Seasons
Episode 3 : The Grain in the Stone (tools, early human migration)http://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-3-The-Grain-in-the-Stone
Episode 4: The Hidden Structure (fire, metals and alchemy)http://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-4-The-Hidden-Structure
Episode 5: Music of the Spheres (the language of numbers)http://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-5-Music-of-the-Spheres
Episode 6: The Starry Messenger (Galileo's universe)http://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-6-The-Starry-Messenger
Episode 7: The Majestic Clockwork (explores Kepler and Newton's laws)http://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-7-The-Majestic-Clockwork
Episode 8: The Drive for Power (The Industrial Revolution)http://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-8-The-Drive-for-Power
Episode 9: The Ladder of Creation (Darwin and Wallace's ideas on the origin of species)http://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-9-The-Ladder-of-Creation
Episode 10: World Within World (the story of the periodic table)http://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-10-World-Within-World
Episode 11: Knowledge or Certaintyhttp://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-11-Knowledge-or-Certainty
Episode 13: The Long Childhoodhttp://www.videosift.com/video/The-Ascent-of-Man-13-The-Long-Childhood