Synopsis by Sarah Ing
Author Jacob Bronowski explores the increasing influence of science on society in the seventh part of his 13-episode series Ascent of Man. Astronomy has come a long way since Copernicus declared the sun was the center of the universe. First Galileo, then Johannes Kepler defended it to their detriment. But it wasn't until Isaac Newton devised his theory of gravity that the idea gained wide acceptance. For three hundred years, astronomers wrestled with clarifying the laws of space and matter. By connecting light to gravitation, Albert Einstein wrote the theory of relativity and became a pinnacle of modern enlightenment.