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29 JANUARY 2016

Why Man Creates: the great (Western) progress narrative

"How unlikely that one of the least definable films from the last half-century would also be one of the most beloved. A favorite of classroom AV diversions, and an abridged presentation on the very first episode of '60 Minutes' helped make it the most viewed educational film of all time. 'I don't know what it all means,' Saul Bass himself admitted, and his 'Why Man Creates' (1968) is far more loose and playful than the rigid thesis its title might imply. In fact, it is the searching and open-ended nature of the various vignettes that perhaps makes the film resonate so strongly with viewers. Though an OscarĀ®-winner for Documentary Short Subject, the film is almost entirely invented, apart from recollections of old masters like Edison, Hemingway and Einstein, and brief encounters with scientists striving to innovate for the betterment of mankind. Creators invariably encounter problems, and have no choice but to persevere in the face of discouragement. If the film argues anything, it is that the unbridled pursuit of new ideas makes us uniquely human."

(Sean Savage)

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1968Albert Einstein • Alfred Nobel • American Revolution • Ancient Greeceanimated filmArab • birth of civilization • cancer research • cave painting • cavemen • celebrating human achievement • creative inspirationcreativitydark ages • development of writing • dynamite • early humans • Ernest Hemingway • Euclid • Great Pyramids at Giza • Greek achievements • hand-drawn animationhistory of ideashuman civilizationinvention of the wheelinventiveness • James Bonner • Jesse Greenstein • Leonardo da VincilibertyLouis PasteurLudwig van Beethovenman • mathematical discovery • Mayo Simon • Michelangelo • nature of creativity • nature of justice • organised labour • origin of the universe • Paul Saltman • pioneering mathematicsprogress narratives • pursuit of happiness • religion • Renato Dulbecco • Saul Bassscience historyscientific progressThomas EdisonvignetteWestern culture • Why Man Creates (1968) • zero

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Simon Perkins
20 NOVEMBER 2009

1001 Inventions

"1001 Inventions is a British based, award-winning science and cultural heritage organisation engaging over 200 million people around the world.

1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim Civilisation from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped create the foundations of our modern world."

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1001 Inventions (exhibition) • 2006 • Ahmed Salim • ancient civilizations • ancient culturesArabic scienceautomation • Ben Kingsley • Birmingham Thinktank • California Science Center • cultural heritagedark ages • Doha Museum of Islamic Art • Glasgow Science Centre • golden agehistory of ideas • Islamic civilisation • Islamic cultureIslamic Golden Age • Malaysia National Science Centre • Manchester Museum of Science and Industry • mechanical innovationmedieval inventionMiddle East • Museum of Croydon • Muslim civilization • Muslim history • National Museum Cardiff • New York Hall of Science • Omar Sharif • orientalism • Pusat Sains Negara • science and technologyscience historyScience Museum of London • travelling exhibition

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Simon Perkins
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