The Ascent of Man
By J Bronowski.1973. The Ascent of Man is a thirteen-part BBC television series. The book covers the history of science, but of science in the broadest of terms. Invention from the flint tool to geometry, from the arch to the theory of relativity, are shown to be expressions of man's specific ability to understand nature, to control it, not to be controlled by it. This book gives the reader a view perspective not just on science, but on civilisation.