The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began
Random House, 1. sep. 2011 - 368 strani
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2012
Almost six hundred years ago, a short, genial man took a very old manuscript off a library shelf. With excitement, he saw what he had discovered and ordered it copied. The book was a miraculously surviving copy of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things by Lucretius and it changed the course of history.
He found 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. These ideas fuelled the Renaissance, inspiring Botticelli, shaping the thoughts of Montaigne, Darwin and Einstein.
An innovative work of history by one of the world’s most celebrated scholars and a thrilling story of discovery, The Swerve details how one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, made possible the world as we know it.
Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Nonfiction
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LibraryThing ReviewUporabnikova ocena - geza.tatrallyay - LibraryThing
Fascinating true story of the rediscovery of Lucretius's De Rerum Naturae, perhaps the most unknown and most influential poem / treatise that helped launch the Renaissance. Celotno mnenje
LibraryThing ReviewUporabnikova ocena - cdogzilla - LibraryThing
Was hoping for more history of the ideas, less biography of Bracchiolini. The last few chapters really pick up and it's an exciting read to the end. The Partially Examined Life podcast episodes on De Rerum Natura are an excellent companion for brushing up on Lucretius. Celotno mnenje