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The Swerve How the Renaissance BeganS and it changed the course of history He found a beautiful poem of The Swerve Kindle 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 shapin. Very well written interesting and entertaining account of how a single powerful and counter cultural idea changed the world twice I read it alongside Deidre McCloskey's Borgeois Euality as light relief and it is a good complement; they are both about the freedom to think I was pleased that she mentions Greenblatt in passing about halfway throughIf you're interested in the history of ideas or the battle for ideas this is a fascinating account of one of themThe Epicurean idea that we emerge into existence from atoms and then disappear entirely so just get on with existing while you can if I can paraphrase doesn't really tell us much about exactly how we should get on with it but it is an idea that resonates with anyone who likes thinking about that uestion Far from promoting selfishness it has lead to many thinkers coming up with generally constructive ideas about how to live virtuously For example it influenced the thinking behind the American Declaration of IndependenceSo all in all a thought provoking and entertaining read

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Free read í The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began 102 ✓ ➾ The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began Download ➹ Author Stephen Greenblatt – WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NON FICTION 2012Almost six hundred years ago a short genial man took a very old manuscript off a library shelf WiG the thoughts of Montaigne Darwin and EinsteinAn innovative work of history by one of the worlds most celebrated scholars and a thrilling story of discovery The Swerve details how one Swerve How the MOBI #243 manuscript plucked from a thousand years of neglect made possible the world as we know it Winner of the National Book Award for Nonficti. A book about a poem written over 2000 years ago by a minor Greek philosopher and discovered by a fifteenth century papal secretary does not sound riveting reading to me But a Pulitzer Prize winning book recommended by Richard Wrangham – Booker Prize shortlisted author And the poem on which the book is based influenced the American Declaration of Independence – Thomas Jefferson owned five copies of the poem in Latin plus translations in French Italian and English And at least half a dozen heretics were burned at the stake for promulgating its ideas Maybe worth readingLucretius with his poem On the Nature of Things written in 200BC caused the world to swerve in a new direction in the fifteenth century The agent of change was not a revolution or a dramatic catastrophe It was Poggio Bracciolini a short genial avid book hunter who discovered the manuscript and ordered it to be copied many timesGreenblatt maintains that this epicurean treatise helped move European thought from the repressive Christian Middle Ages to the Renaissance and its appreciation of science painting music architecture literature and pleasure; that it suffused Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific and technological explorations Galileo’s vivid dialogues on astronomy Francis Bacon’s research projects Machiavelli’s analysis of political strategy and Robert Burton’s account of mental illnessThe book at once reads like a thriller but at the same time makes one feel very humble Ambitious thought leaders played for high stakes in promoting an epicurean and scientific approach to life Christians found Epicureanism a noxious threat If you grant Epicurus his claim the soul is mortal the whole fabric of Christian morality unravels The Inuisition would dispute his claimIt is one book about an ancient poem worth reading

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE How the PDFEPUB #232 FOR NON FICTION 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 Lucretiu. A well written and easy to read outline of how the Dark Ages swerved into the Renaissance uncovering a fascinating history of how lost lliterature was searched out and translated to reveal an untold history thereby awakening the world as it was to a whole new era of discovery