Bronowski wrote in his book The Commonsense of Science: "It has been one of the most destructive modern prejudices that art and science are different and somehow incompatible interests". Both series were commissioned by David Attenborough , then controller of BBC Two , whose colleague Aubrey Singer had been astonished by Attenborough prioritising an arts series given his science background. A few details of the film version were omitted from the book, notably episode 11, "Knowledge or Certainty. Quotations were read by actors Roy Dotrice and Joss Ackland.
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Bronowski would pursue this sort of dual activity, in both the mathematical and literary worlds, throughout his professional life. He was also a strong chess player, earning a half-blue while at Cambridge and composing numerous chess problems for the British Chess Magazine between and From to , he taught mathematics at the University College of Hull.
Beginning in this period, the British secret service MI5 placed him under surveillance believing he was a security risk, which may have restricted his access to senior posts in the UK.
At the end of the war, Bronowski was part of a British team of scientists and civil engineers that visited Japan to document the effects of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the purpose of studying the effects of the atomic bomb and its implications for future UK civil defence.
Bronowski, in conjunction with Professor W. Thomas of the University of Cardiff , subsequently produced the secret "Report of the British Mission to Japan on an Investigation of the Effects of the Atomic Bombs Dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki" which was passed to various government departments and consulted in the design of future UK public buildings.
Public science education[ edit ] In Bronowski delivered the six Silliman Memorial Lectures at Yale University and chose as his subject the role of imagination and symbolic language in the progress of scientific knowledge. Transcripts of the lectures were published posthumously in as The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination and remain in print. He first became familiar to the British public through appearances on the BBC television version of The Brains Trust in the late s. Rita Bronowski died in California in September , aged New York: Julian Messner, Inc.
The Guardian , 15 April
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