The Swerve : How the World Became Modern
by Stephen J. Greenblatt
Editor: WW Norton & Co
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One of the most famous scholars, Stephen Greenblatt conceived both an innovative work of history and an exciting history of discovery, in which a single manuscript, torn from a thousand years of neglect, has changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.Nearly six hundred years ago, a brief, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a shelf from the library, enthusiastically saw what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copiedThis book is the last survivor of the manuscript of an ancient epic philosophical novel, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius-a beautiful poem of the most dangerous of ideas: the idea that the universe functioned without the help of the gods, that the religious of fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was composed of very small particles in eternal motion, collide in obliquant inCopying and translating this ancient book-the greatest discovery of the greatest Hunter book of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; in the form of the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare, and even Thomas Jefferson
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