Synopsis by Sarah Ing
Author Jacob Bronowski explores man's curiosity about his own beginnings in the ninth episode of a 13-part series Ascent of Man. The 19th century brought with it an increased awareness of science in the everyday. Naturalists began to devise theories concerning the evolution of humanity in a direct rejection of the Creationists. Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace are both credited with the idea of natural selection. Survival of the fittest and the diversification of a single species came out of years of field research and study on both men's parts. Here, Bronowski profiles the work that established science as the new religion.