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By W.R. Johnson

Lucretius' On the character of Things - one of many glories of Latin literature - offers a brilliant poetic exposition of the doctrines of the Greek atomist, Epicurus. The poem performed a vital position within the reinvention of technology within the 17th century, its impression at the French Enlightenment used to be strong and pervasive, and it turned an enormous battlefield within the wars of faith with technological know-how in nineteenth-century England. yet within the 20th century, regardless of its very important contributions to fashionable concept and civilisation, it's been principally ignored via universal readers and scientists alike. This ebook deals an intensive description of the poem, with specific emphasis on its pleased model of materialism and on its try to devise a moral process that matches any such universe. It surveys significant suitable texts shape the eighteenth and 19th centuries (Dryden, Diderot, Voltaire, Tennyson, Santayana) and speculates on why Lucretius and the traditional clinical culture he championed has turn into marginalised within the 20th century. It closes with a dialogue of what worth the poem has for college students of technological know-how and expertise within the new century: what recommendation it has to supply us approximately the right way to move approximately reinventing our machines and our morality.

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