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Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Greenblatt's "The Swerve" Wins National Book Award!

November 17, 2011, 11:07 AM
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Yesterday, Big Think Expert and renowned Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt won the National Book Award for nonfiction for bringing to life a 15th century book-hunting expedition that changed the world. 

A true story of ideas, adventure, and intrigue that reads like Eco's The Name of the Rose, The Swerve: How The World Became Modern tells the story of the rediscovery of On the Nature of Things, a multi-volume philosophical poem by Lucretius. Written in the 5th century CE, this Epicurean masterpiece remained buried in a monastic library for a millennium until a book-hunting humanist named Poggio Bracciolini rediscovered it and unleashed its intellectual tsunami on the world. 

See Greenblatt's Big Think interview about The Swerve – and read more about Lucretius' intellectually prophetic work. 

 

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