The Identity of Man Great Minds

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Prometheus Books #ad - As both a practicing scientistand an author of books on poetry, he makes interesting connectionsbetween the uses of the imagination in science and in literature. Whereas science creates experiments to test hypotheses about theoutside world, he notes that literature also provides "experiments" inpoetry and prose, allowing readers to experience what it means to befully human and relating the individual's inner life to that of everyhuman being.

Bronowski argues that a true humanistic philosophy mustgive equal place to the inner, subjective vision of the arts and theouter, objective perception of science since they are both products ofone self-conscious creative imagination. In the final analysis, one that fosters tolerance, heemphasizes that these perspectives converge to reveal a moreenlightened, mutualunderstanding, universal ethics, an appreciation of differences, and a sense that we allshare a common destiny as human participants in nature's cosmic drama.

The Identity of Man Great Minds #ad - With infectious enthusiasm and a gift for conveying theexcitement of ideas, Jacob Bronowski 1908-1974 discusses the impactof science on our sense of self and the need to reevaluate ethics inlight of the scientific perspective.

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Science and Human Values

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Faber & Faber #ad - Science and human values was originally a lecture by Jacob Bronowski at MIT in 1953. Above all, bronowski strove to make science and technology answerable to social progress, to 'human values. He anticipated the deepening gap between the 'two cultures' and knew that the sciences must be restored to a place in political common sense.

George Steiner. Published five years later, it opens unforgettably with Bronowski's description of Nagasaki in 1945: 'a bare waste of ashes', making him acutely aware of science's power both for good and for evil. After such knowledge, a process of trial-and-error, part of a great shared human interest in ourselves and the world around us; and, what forgiveness? With care and erudition Bronowski argues that scientific endeavour is an essentially creative act, routinely, the end of which is not - cannot be - preordained.

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The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination

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Yale University Press #ad - A delightful look at the inquiring mind. Library journal“eminently enjoyable to read, with a good story or ‘bon mot’ on every page. Nature“a well-written and brilliantly presented defense of the scientific enterprise which could be especially valuable to scientists and to teachers of science at all levels.

Aaas science books & FilmsContents1. The mind as an Instrument for Understanding2. The evolution and Power of Symbolic Language3. Knowledge as Algorithm and as Metaphor4. The laws of nature and the Nature of Laws5. Error, progress, and the Concept of Time6. Law and Individual Responsibility. He proposes to explain how we receive and translate our experience of the world so that we achieve knowledge.

The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination #ad - One rejoices in bronowski’s dedication to the identity of acts of creativity and of imagination, whether in Blake or Yeats or Einstein or Heisenberg. Kirkus reviews“according to bronowski, our account of the world is dictated by our biology: how we perceive, imagine, symbolize, etc. He examines the mechanisms of our perception; the origin and nature of natural language; formal systems and scientific discourse; and how science, as a systematic attempt to establish closed systems one after another, progresses by exploring its own errors and new but unforeseen connections.

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The Ascent Of Man

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BBC Digital #ad - In his highly accessible style, agriculture to genetics, and from alchemy to the theory of relativity, Dr Bronowski discusses human invention from the flint tool to geometry, showing how they all are expressions of our ability to understand and control nature. In this new paperback edition, The Ascent of Man inspires, influences and informs as profoundly as ever.

Dr jacob bronowksi's the Ascent of Man traces the development of human society through our understanding of science. First published in 1973 to accompany the groundbreaking BBC television series, it is considered one of the first works of 'popular science', illuminating the historical and social context of scientific development for a generation of readers.

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The Common Sense of Science

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Faber & Faber #ad - Jacob bronowski was, with kenneth clarke, the greatest popularizer of serious ideas in Britain between the mid 1950s and the early 1970s. He isolates three creative ideas that have been central to science: the idea of order, the idea of causes and the idea of chance. He denounced 'the destructive modern prejudice that art and science are different and somehow incompatible interests'.

The common sense of science, first published in 1951, is a vivid attempt to explain in ordinary language how science is done and how scientists think. We are still living with the consequences of this search for order and causality within the facts that the world presents to us. Trained as a mathematician, he was equally at home with painting and physics, and wrote a series of brilliant books that tried to break down the barriers between 'the two cultures'.

The Common Sense of Science #ad - For bronowski, these were common-sense ideas that became immensely powerful and productive when applied to a vision of the world that broke with the medieval notion of a world of things ordered according to their ideal natures. Instead, galileo, huyghens and Newton and their contemporaries imagined 'a world of events running in a steady mechanism of before and after'.

He wrote a fine book on William Blake while running the National Coal Board's research establishment.

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The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon

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Prometheus #ad - He revolutionized the study of William Blake, invented smokeless coal, and proved Australopithecus africanus was a relative of humans. This thoroughly researched and eloquently written biography will spark renewed interest in one of the great public intellectuals of the twentieth century. A marvelously eloquent and compelling speaker, Bronowski spent the last half of his life teaching the possibilities of humanism, science, freedom, and peace.

He won the british equivalent of an emmy for a radio play he wrote, sparked the "Two Cultures" controversy of the 1960s, led the mission sent to assess the effects of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and cofounded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with Jonas Salk. He was a close friend of Leo Szilard inventor of the atomic bomb and William Empson the prominent poet.

The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon #ad - In this first-ever biography, author Timothy Sandefur examines the extraordinary accomplishments and fascinating range of thought of this brilliant man. As sandefur documents, the extent of Bronowki's interests and achievements is staggering. The first-ever biography of jacob bronowski--one of the leading science popularizers of his generation.

Best remembered today for his blockbuster documentary series The Ascent of Man, Jacob Bronowski spent decades explaining scientific ideas to laypersons on television and radio. A true renaissance man, Bronowski was not only a scientist, but a philosopher and a poet.

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