On the Nature of Things

(NewYorker Culture) – Stephen Greenblatt:

The recovery of “On the Nature of Things” is a story of how the world swerved in a new direction. The agent of change was not a revolution, an implacable army at the gates, or landfall on an unknown continent. When it occurred, nearly six hundred years ago, the key event was muffled and almost invisible, tucked away behind walls in a remote place. A short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties reached out one day, took a very old manuscript off a shelf, and saw with excitement what he had discovered. That was all; but it was enough. …

newyorker 2011/08/08 answer-man

Stephen Greenblatt: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

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