Jacob Bronowski (January 18 1908, Lodz, Poland - August 22 1974, East Hampton, New York, USA) was the presenter of the BBC television documentary series, The Ascent of Man which inspired Carl Sagan's Cosmos series.
Bronowski was originally a poet; he became a physicist. After the Hiroshima bombing he became a biologist to better understand the nature of violence.
Books by Jacob Bronowski
- The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination
- The Poet's Defence
- William Blake and the Age of Revolution ISBN 07100727750710072783 (pbk.)
- The Ascent of Man ISBN 0613124634
- The Face of Violence
- The Common Sense of Science
- Science and Human Values
- The Identity of Man
- Nature and Knowledge: The Philosophy of Contemporary Science
- William Blake, 1757-1827; a man without a mask
- "I grew up to be indifferent to the distinction between literature and science, which in my teens were simply two languages for experience that I learned together."
- "Dissent is the mark of freedom"
- "Sooner or later every one of us breathes an atom that has been breathed before by anyone you can think of who has lived before us-Michelangelo or George Washington or Moses."
- "Sooner or later every one of us breathes an atom that has been breathed before by anyone you can think of who has lived before us—Michelangelo or George Washington or Moses."
- "It is said that science will dehumanise people and turn them into numbers. That is false, tragically false. Look for yourself. This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz. This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some four million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma. It was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality, this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods."