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Bronowski was fascinated by William Blake for much of his life. His first book about him, A Man Without a Mask, was published in 1944. In 1958 his famous Penguin selection of Blake's poems and letters was published. As further testimony to Bronowski's enthusiasm it should be noted that the final plate in the book of his great TV series The Ascent of Man is Blake's frontisp ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by Faber & Faber (first published March 2nd 1972)
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Though he is best known as a philosopher and science historian, Jacob Bronowski was also a William Blake enthusiast who used the poet/visionary/artist as either the subject or a key figure in several of his books. This study puts Blake squarely in the context of his times, and offers many insights into the roots of the often puzzling images that crop up in Blake's poems and illustrations. Bronowski's erudition is as formidable as his prose style is direct and accessible. I'm not sure a Blake nov ...more
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Jacob Bronowski was a British mathematician and biologist of Polish-Jewish origin. He is best remembered as the presenter and writer of the 1973 BBC television documentary series, The Ascent of Man.

In 1950, Bronowski was given the Taung child's fossilized skull and asked to try, using his statistical skills, to combine a measure of the size of the skull's teeth with their shape in order to discrim
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