The Swerve

The Swerve

How the World Became Modern

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011 | Unabridged
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Renowned historian Stephen Greenblatt's works shoot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. With The Swerve, Greenblatt transports listeners to the dawn of the Renaissance and chronicles the life of an intrepid book lover who rescued the Roman philosophical text On the Nature of Things from certain oblivion.
Publisher: Prince Frederick : Recorded Books, LLC, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781461846901 (electronic audio bk.)
1461846900 (electronic audio bk.)
Branch Call Number: eAUDIOBOOK 940.21 GRE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (9 hr., 41 min., 51 sec.)) : digital
audio file,rda
Additional Contributors: Ballerini, Edoardo 1970-


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Sep 08, 2014

The focus is the first century BC work of Lucretius Carus titled "The Nature of Things". Lucretius -- seemingly prescient of what would be discovered by 20th century modern science -- describes an earth and universe composed of atoms moving about at random. And besides the atoms, empty space. He refers to it as "the void". The implication is that whatever happens is due to the random nature of the atoms, rather than divine intervention. As might be expected, the powerful in medieval Europe preferred this subject remain un-discussed. Which -- until 1417 -- wasn't a problem, as the work was thought to be lost forever to the vagaries of time. How the last remaining manuscript was re-discovered and rescued from certain oblivion by the classics book-hunter Poggio Bracciolini is the main theme of this book. Well researched by the author, and well narrated; it's definitely worth a listen, especially for those interested in ancient philosophies.


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