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After its rediscovery in 1417, Lucretius's Epicurean didactic poem "De Rerum Natura" threatened to supply radicals and atheists with the one weapon unbelief had lacked in the Middle Ages: good answers. Scholars could now challenge Christian patterns of thought by employing the theory of atomistic physics, a sophisticated system that explained natural phenomena without ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published October 13th 2014 by Harvard University Press
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