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A must read!,
This review is from: The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began (Paperback)
This book is really good. Very readable and the story it tells is fascinating - the discovery, by an Italian book hunter in the 15th C, of a 1500 year old poem by Lucretius which displays a world view much more in keeping with contemporary ideas (heliocentric system, matter composed of atoms, no divine interference) than those we might expect of ancient Romans never mind medieval Italians. The book only contains excerpts and summations from Lucretius' work but even these are intriguing. In addition he tells how this discovery work and its subsequent transmission led to other developments including the work of Thomas Harriot who it transpires made discoveries that have been credited to Galileo & others.
My only gripes are that it seems to me that the original title is more accurate (How The World Became Modern) rather than How The Renaissance Began. Also there feels like some padding in this because the details of life of Bracciolini are relatively sketchy so the early part particularly seems to spend along time telling us about monasteries and monastery life..
Well worth reading though