Ascent of Man

Ascent of Man

In this chapter, the development of the human race continues with revolution in the 18th century.

Episode Guide

  • Ascent of Man - Ladder of Creation (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Ladder of Creation

    Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace simultaneously conceive the idea of natural selection.

  • Ascent of Man - Drive for Power (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Drive for Power

    Trapping the energy found in wind, sun, water and coal.

  • Ascent of Man - Majestic Clockwork (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Majestic Clockwork

    Einstein's theory of relativity redefines Newton's laws of gravity and motion.

  • Ascent of Man - Starry Messenger (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Starry Messenger

    In early civilizations the wheel represents poetry, science and the Earth as the center of the universe.

  • Ascent of Man - Music of the Spheres (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Music of the Spheres

    The regularities of nature lead to the definition of the Pythagorean theorems.

  • Ascent of Man - The Hidden Structure (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Hidden Structure

    The discovery and use of fire defines the differences between materials and processes.

  • Ascent of Man - Grain in the Stone (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Grain in the Stone

    The responses of the Pueblos, Incas, Greeks, Romans and modern civilization to the discovery of nature.

  • Ascent of Man - Harvest of the Seasons (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Harvest of the Seasons

    The domestication of plant and animal life and the roots of warfare are studied in a look at the Bakhtiari tribe of Central Iran.

  • Ascent of Man - The Long Childhood (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Long Childhood

    Evolution of the human brain and man's growth toward self-knowledge.

  • Ascent of Man - Generation Upon Generation (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Generation Upon Generation

    Identifying the gene, the structural basis of DNA and the theory of natural selection.

  • Ascent of Man - Knowledge or Certainty (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Knowledge or Certainty

    The ethics of science and theories of physics are applied to a general body of knowledge.

  • Ascent of Man - World Within World (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    World Within World

    Efforts of 20th-century scientists to understand the structure of matter and fuse hydrogen.

  • Ascent of Man - Lower Than the Angels (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Lower Than the Angels

    Traces remnants of early man in southern Ethiopia to man's movements during the Ice Age.