Bronowski, Jacob (1908–1974)
British biologist, mathematician, and man of letters, of
Polish-Jewish origin. Bronowski worked first on operation theory and the
application of this to military strategy, but later on the ethics of science.
After his experiences as an official observer of the after-effects of the
Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings he turned to research in biology, as did
his friend, Leo Szilard. He lectured at many American universities and was
made a fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1967. Among his books are
Science and Human Values (1958), Nature and Knowledge
(1969), and three studies of William Blake. He is perhaps best remembered
for writing and narrating the BBC television series The Ascent of Man
(1973) which charts man's intellectual history.
|Quote from The Ascent of Man
|"The essence of science: ask an impertinent question,
and you are on the way to a pertinent answer."