The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

The book explores the rediscovery of a long-lost poem by Lucretius, "On the Nature of Things," in the 15th century by an Italian humanist and book hunter. This poem's rediscovery, according to the book, led to a monumental shift in cultural and philosophical thought, paving the way for the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and modern science. The book delves into the poem's content, which challenges religious dogma and promotes a world driven by natural laws and human innovation, and its profound influence on thinkers and artists for centuries.

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Total Points: 36

Since this book was first published in 2011, there is a penalty of 59.2%. The age adjusted score is 14.69.

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