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The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
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Mar 25, 2012

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bookshelves: nonfiction, science
Read in March, 2012

** spoiler alert ** About the rediscovery of Lucretius' ancient poem - On the Nature of Things- in 1417
About the times of Poggio Bracciolini and his search for ancient manuscripts in the monastaries (libraries) throughout England, and his times.

And of the writings, and how it's translation molded the thinking of many scientists of the time.

His poem touched on atoms, swerve - the movement and connections of atom, free will, gods who do not help or hinder mankind, aethism, evolution, dead meaning dead - no afterlife... along with the beauty of Lucretius' language & poetry - influencing science and art.

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