• The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (Paperback) By (author) Stephen Greenblatt

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    DescriptionOne of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling 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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    Title
    The Swerve
    Subtitle
    How the World Became Modern
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Greenblatt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393343403
    ISBN 10: 0393343405
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Libri: ENGM2000
    DC22: 940.21
    Libri: P0041901, RENA3000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25560
    B&T Approval Code: A14500000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037020
    B&T Approval Code: A14203005
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 940.2/1
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    DC23: 909
    LC classification: PA6484 .G69 2012
    Thema V1.0: NHDL
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    04 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    The Swerve is one of those brilliant works of non-fiction that's so jam-packed with ideas and stories it literally boggles the mind. --Maureen Corrigan"