Producer and director, Adrian Malone; writer and narrator, Jacob Bronowski
Considers the moral dilemma that confronts today's scientists. Contrasts the humanist traditions with the inhumanities of the Nazis and the harnessing of nuclear energy with the development of the atomic bomb
July 13, 2020 Subject:
College Teacher, retired
This is a most haunting episode in this series--one that touches both the mind and the heart with intellectual and emotional power. Though the subject appears to be what physics tells us about our ability to know physical phenomena, it reveals to us the limitations we share as knowers, our inclination toward arrogance, and the insensitivity toward suffering that our arrogance produces. Dr. Brownoski teaches us that humility and tolerance are key factors of character in one's acquisition and use of knowledge. Forgetting this opens the door to disaster.