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Read & Reflect - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Event Type: Adult Program
Date: 9/19/2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Description:
 The last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, was a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas. The universe functioned without the aid of gods, religious fear was damaging to human life, and matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions. The copying and translation of this ancient book fueled the Renaissance, inspiring 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. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.
Library: Oak Park Public Library Dole Branch
Location: Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Presenter: Linda Bonner