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Lower Than Angels
Part of the Series: The Ascent of Man

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Lower Than Angels
This BAFTA Award nominated series examines the intellectual, cultural, and scientific breakthroughs in man's four-million-year evolution. This first episode - and the series as a whole - explores the importance…
Harvest of the Seasons
Episode two examines the long spring following the Ice Ages. In this time, man develops agriculture and domesticates animals, imposing his will on wild wheat and horses. With the Neolithic…
Grain in the Stone
Man splits a stone and reassembles the pieces to build a wall, a cathedral, a city. This episode is about man, the architect, builder, and sculptor.
The Hidden Structure
From ancient Oriental metallurgy, through mystical alchemy this episode traces the roots of chemistry. Shang bronze craftsmen and Samurai sword smiths are the starting point for a journey leading from…
Music of the Spheres
This episode covers the evolution of math. Pythagoras, father of Greek math, considered numbers the language of nature. Here, we follow the spread of Greek ideas through the Islamic Empire…
Starry Messenger
Next, Dr. Bronowiski studies man's attempts to map the forces which move the planets. The static nature of South American astronomy is contrasted with ideas of Renaissance Europe. This episode…
Majestic Clockwork
Newton and Einstein, the two giants of physics, imposed great systems of order on the world. This episode illustrates the revolution that occurred when Einstein's theory of relativity turned Newton's…
Drive for Power
Dr. Bronowiski covers the industrial and political revolutions of the 18th century. During this time, forces of nature were harnessed and the basics of political power shifted. Bronowski argues that…
Ladder of Creation
From the countryside of Wales to the jungles of the Amazon, this episode follows the stories of Alfred Russell Wallace and Charles Darwin who had the same idea simultaneously -…
World Within World
In the vaults of ancient Polish salt mines Dr. Bronowski embarks on a journey to the hidden world inside the atom. He traces the history of the men and the…
Knowledge or Certainty
In this episode, Dr. Bronowski's shares his statement on information and the responsibility and moral dilemma presented to scientists. The principle of certainty in physics applies to all knowledge, and…
Generation Upon Generation
Math and physics brought revolution to man's ideas of life. From Mendel's work to discoveries of today, Dr. Bronowski unravels the complex code of human inheritance. Sex is discussed as…
Long Childhood
In this final episode, Dr. Bronowski - poet, playwright, mathematician, philosopher - draws together many threads of the series. He takes stock of man's complex, sometimes precarious, ascent. Ultimately, he…

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