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Mind-boggling. Jaw-dropping. Incredible.,
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This review is from: The Nature of Things (Penguin Classics) (Kindle Edition)
Mind-boggling. Jaw-dropping. Incredible. These are just some of the superlatives that come to mind when thinking back about what I had read in "On the Nature of Things." I first learned of the book's existence while listening to "Hmmm...", an NPR show hosted by Robert Krulwich. That episode featured Stephen Greenblatt, the author of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, a book about how "On the Nature of Things" was rediscovered, put back out into the world, and how it influenced important historical figures, such as Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Thomas Jefferson.
"On the Nature of Things" was written over 2,000 years ago by a philosopher who prescribed to the thoughts and beliefs of Epicurus. Epicurus believed that everything in this universe was made of atoms and that these atoms arranged and rearranged themselves into everything that we see and touch, without any help from the gods. I was continuously in shock when I read Lucretius touch upon natural selection, talk about how these atoms had to have arranged themselves into a planet with life on it in a distant part of the universe, and more.
Do yourselves a favor. Read this book and then read The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. Incredible.