The swerve : how the world became modern
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New York : W.W. Norton, [2011].
Edition
First edition.
Physical Desc
356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Status
Round Rock Public Library - Adult (2nd floor)  1 available
NF 940.21 GRE

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Language
English
ISBN
9780393064476 (hbk.), 9780393064476, 0393064476

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-335) and index.
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In this book the author transports readers 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. In this work he has crafted both a work of history and a 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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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Greenblatt, S. (2011). The swerve: how the world became modern (First edition.). W.W. Norton.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Greenblatt, Stephen, 1943-. 2011. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. New York: W.W. Norton.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Greenblatt, Stephen, 1943-. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Greenblatt, Stephen. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern First edition., W.W. Norton, 2011.

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