The Ascent of Man

The Ascent of Man: The Ladder of Creation. Jacob Bronowski focuses on the theory of evolution by natural selection, which he describes as "the most important single scientific innovation in the 19th century." Until the 19th century it was believed that many creatures were created spontaneously, like bluebottles in old meat. It took two men years of observation and a flash of illumination to come to the same conclusion: the theory of evolution. These two men were Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. We also see two experiments which suggest that the building blocks of life could have been created on Earth in boiling heat or in ice.

Episode 09 - The Ladder of Creation

Related Links
Evolution - wikipedia
Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation.
Charles Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory.
Alfred Russel Wallace
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist.

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Episode 01 - Lower Than the Angels
Episode 02 - The Harvest of the Seasons
Episode 03 - The Grain in the Stone
Episode 04 - The Hidden Structure
Episode 05 - Music of the Spheres
Episode 06 - The Starry Messenger
Episode 07 - The Majestic Clockwork
Episode 08 - The Drive for Power
Episode 09 - The Ladder of Creation
Episode 10 - World within World
Episode 11 - Knowledge or Certainty
Episode 12 - Generation upon Generation
Episode 13 - The Long Childhood