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The Swerve

Annotation
Harvard humanities professor Greenblatt shows how the discovery of the last existing manuscript of Lucretius's On the Nature of Things-a radical book proclaiming that the world manages without gods and is made of small particles in constant motion-led to the Renaissance. The swerve? Lucretius allowed for the exis-tence of free will in his atom-bound universe by theorizing that those little particles swerve randomly. I bet this will be as absorbing and informative as Green-blatt's Shakespeare study, Will in the World. With an eight-city tour.

Awards
2011  National Book Awards
2011  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
2011  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2012  American Library Association Notable Books
2012  Pulitzer Prize

GenreNonFiction
Historical
Literary
Science
TopicsRenaissance
Italian Renaissance
Manuscripts
Ancient manuscripts
Books and reading
Philosophy
Science
World history
Literary critics
SettingItaly