Nowadays many different books have been written to explain the unfolding of humans and civilization. This book covers many great products and inventors instead of all the great wars. In the 1970s this was unique to the public. And this book is the template for those to follow.
The contents include:
' Lower than the Angles (evolution of the head)
' The Harvest of the Seasons (the pace of cultural evolution)
' The Grain in the Stone (blood group evidence of migration)
' The Hidden Structure (fire)
' The Music of the Spheres (the language of numbers)
' The Starry Messenger (the cycle of seasons)
' The majestic Clockwork (Kepler's laws)
' The Drive for Power (Everyday technology)
' The ladder of Creation (are other formulas of life possible?)
' World Within World (the periodic table)
' Knowledge of Certainty (There is no absolute knowledge)
' Generation upon generation (cloning of identical forms)
' The Long Childhood (The commitment of man)
I have the original hardback book, reference book, and study guide. The local library still has the original videotapes. You have to be an institution to purchase them. This is a humanities course at the local collage. An added plus was getting to actually go through the Watts Towers as a kid. This work does rings around "Connections" by James Burke ISBN: 0316116726 because it is the story of the people behind the connections.
I am not saying that this book replaces others, but that it has more to say with out resorting to today's sound byte system of writing.