The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (Paperback)

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    One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius—a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.

    The copying and translation of this ancient book-the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped 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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    ISBN 9780393343403
    Genre HISTORY / Renaissance
    Format Paperback
    Pages 356
    Publisher Date 2012-09-04 00:00:00.0
    Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 0.98 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle How the World Became Modern
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Greenblatt, Stephen

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