Ideas | Feb 28, 2012 | 54:00

The Swerve (Feb. 2012 Encore)

In 1417, a Renaissance scribe and book hunter discovered an ancient manuscript in a monastery. That book was the Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things. Renowned scholar Stephen Greenblatt tells us how that discovery changed the world.

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