I just learned that Jacob Bronowski would be a century old today. I wonder how many readers here know anything about the man? Many people will praise the impact Carl Sagan had on people with his program, Cosmos, way back in the 1980s, but I have to say that Bronowski’s Ascent of Man was much, much better, and far more influential on me, at least. It’s a program that PBS ought to bring back — thoughtful, deep, and intellectually enriching.
The testimonial above opens with a great quote from the man:
The great poem and the deep theorem are new to every reader and yet are his own experience because he recreates them. They are the marks of unity in variety; and in the instant when the mind seizes this for itself in art or in science, the heart misses a beat.
And really, that’s what it was all about: there aren’t non-overlapping domains, there aren’t two cultures, there’s only the breadth and depth of the human mind.