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Smithfield Critics Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, September 17, 2014  
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"The Swerve: How the World Became Modern" by Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt has crafted 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. That work 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. This went on to inspire 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, Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.
Event fee: Free
Light refreshments are provided.
Location:
612 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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