August 22, 1974 – British mathematician and science historian Jacob Bronowski dies in East Hampton, New York, aged 66. Born into a Jewish family in Poland in 1908, Bronowski came to England in 1920. He earned a PhD in Mathematics from Cambridge and applied his skills to such varied applications as bombing strategies in WWII to statistical analysis of hominid remains. His greatest fame came with 1973’sÂ The Ascent of Man, a 13-part BBC documentary series that explored humanity’s biologicalÂ and technological evolution. The Ascent of Man influenced subsequent television projects, most notably Carl Sagan’s 13-part COSMOS.
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