The Ascent of Man (1974)

Genres - History, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Biological Sciences  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |  
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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.

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evolution, natural-selection