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Art Of Reading Book Club: 'The Swerve: How The World Became Modern'

Promotional book cover for 'The Swerve: How The World Became Modern'. Courtesy image of San Diego Museum of Art.

Above: Promotional book cover for 'The Swerve: How The World Became Modern'. Courtesy image of San Diego Museum of Art.

In "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern", one of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both 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.

Nearly 600 years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book 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.

The copying and translation of this ancient book-the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age-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 and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson. Includes 16 pages of color illustrations.

After the book club meeting please join in on a special docent lead tour of our Renaissance galleries.

Reservations recommended. Contact Tess Crump or call 619-696-1941 to RSVP.

Cost: Free for members | $12 nonmembers

Location: San Diego Museum of Art: 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego. Google Map

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