The Swerve: how the world became modern

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Stephen  Greenblatt
The Swerve: how the world became modern ( sound recording CD)
This book traces the Roman work by Lucretius, entitled “De Rerum Natura”, or “On the Nature of Things.” The original work was lost, found, destroyed, and rediscovered throughout history, and Greenblatt focuses on the book lover who ultimately saved it from oblivion. On the way we learn about the history of civilization and how we have dealt with radical ideas. Even more startling than the ignorance and brutality that can befall those who refuse to conform were the surprising insights within “On the Nature of Things,” which talks about the true physical structure of our world – atoms and their apparent randomness.