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The Swerve: it all began at the library

Nearly six hundred years ago, an alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf. Only he knew what he had discovered. It was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas. It said 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. That one library book went on to fuel the Renaissance. It inspired artists such as Botticelli, thinkers such as Galileo, Freud, Darwin and Einstein. It even had a revolutionary influence on Shakespeare and Thomas Jefferson. Intrigued? Check out The Swerve: how the world became modern. You might start a revolution, yourself.

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