January 18, 1908 – British mathematician and science historian Jacob Bronowski is born in what is now Poland. 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 andÂ statistical analysis of hominid remains. His greatest fame came with 1973’s The Ascent of Man, a 13-part BBC documentary series that explored humanity’s biological and technological evolution. The Ascent of Man influenced subsequent television projects, most notably Carl Sagan’s 13-part COSMOS. Bronowski died in 1974, aged 66.
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