JB: I wrote a book called the Identity of Man. I never saw the cover of the English edition until the book reached me in print. And yet the artist had understood exactly what was in my mind, by putting on the cover a drawing of the brain and the Mona Lisa, one on top of the other
Contacts and Acknowledgements

First Edition of this site, June 1997.
Second Edition, March 1998.
Third Edition November 1998; revised May 1999.
Fourth Edition: October 2000; revised January 2001
Fifth Edition: July 2015.

Website written and compiled by Stephen Moss.

Comments regarding this site are welcome, particularly regarding anecdotes about Dr. Bronowski.


Particular thanks are due to the late Eirlys Roberts, to James Watson and Bruce Mazlish who provided personal contributions to the site, and to the late Lord Roll for permission to quote from his autobiography.

Edward Wiltshire supplied several poems, and the late Adrian Malone very kindly supplied a copy of his last letter from Dr Bronowski.

Peter Saint-Andre kindly sorted out the code for 'The Common Sense of Science'

Queen Mary Westfield College, University of London, kindly agreed to add the original editions of this site to their English publications area.

Thanks also to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, who allowed the author periods spent there from July 2000 to research content for new parts of this site.

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The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski

  • Contacts and Acknowledgements
  • A Biographical Sketch
  • Recollections by Family and Friends
  • Extracts from Published Works
  • Bibliography
  • Further References

  • Copyright © 1999 by Stephen Moss. All rights reserved.