On the Nature of Things

On the Nature of Things Captures The Relentless Urgency Of Lucretius Didacticism, His Passionate Conviction And Proselytizing Fervour The Classical Review First, an apology for only giving it three stars I am well aware that this is a brilliant piece of poetry, but my Latin is very poor, and I rapidly abandoned my initial plan of reading it in the original with the English translation alongside In a way, though, I m following Lucretius s advice he explicitly says at one point that it s wrong to allow yourself to be swayed by beautiful words, and you should judge an idea on its merits Reading him in my barbarian s tongue is certainly one way to First, an apology for only giving it three stars I am well aware that this is a brilliant piece of poetry, but my Latin is very poor, and I rapidly abandoned my initial plan of reading it in the original with the English translation alongside In a way, though, I m following Lucretius s advice he explicitly says at one point that it s wrong to allow yourself to be swayed by beautiful words, and you should judge an idea on its merits Reading him in my barbarian s tongue is certainly one way to do that.I have often debated the question of whether it is right to call atheism a religion, and with Lucretius it seems natural to argue that it is
Epicurian Physics31 July 2013 Well, here I am, once again sitting in the passenger seat of my Dad s car on our final trek to Melbourne, and since I have been reading, sleeping, or driving for most of the day, I might as well fix up a couple of my reviews while I am sitting here and since I have a smartphone, and my Dad has this adapter that allows me to plug my laptop into the cigarette li
IntroductionFurther ReadingA Note on the Text and TranslationAcknowledgements The Nature of Things NotesGlossary of Proper Names The antiquity of this book calls for respect and appreciation However, for a modern reader it is very boring to read It s a long 300 pages poem written in the first century BC in which the author pontificates about the physical sciences for the purpose of defending Epicureanism philosophy It is of some interest for the modern reader to see where the author is correct and not so correct when judged from the perspective of modern science However, Lucretius was a poet in his day, not a mathem The antiquity of this book calls for respect and appreciation However, for a modern reader it is very boring to read It s a long 300 pages poem written in the first century BC in which the author pontificates about the physical sciences for the purpose of defending Epicureanism philosophy It is of some interest for the modern reader to see where the author is correct and not so correct when judged from the perspective of modern science However, Lucretius was a poet in his day, not a mathematician or noted
Matter, for sure, is not one solid mass Close packed together We see that everything Diminishes, and through the long lapse of timeWe note that all things seem to melt away As years and age withdraw them from our sight.And yet the sum of things stays unimpaired This is because when particles are shed From a thing they diminish it as they leave it, And then increase the object that they come to.They make the one grow old, the other flourish,But do not linger there The sum of things Is thus fMatter, for sure, is not one solid mass Close packed together We see that everything Diminishes, and through the long lapse of timeWe note that all things seem to melt away As years and age withdraw them from our sight.And yet the sum of things stays unimpaired This is because when particles are shed From a thing they diminish it as they leave it, And then increase the object that they come to.They make the one grow old, the other flourish,But do not linger there The sum of things Is thus forever renewed, and mortals live By mutual interchange one from another.Some races increase, others fade away,And in short space the breeds of living creaturesChange, and like runners pass on the torch of life Now if you think that atoms can be at rest And can by resting beget new movements in things,You are lost, and wander very far from truth.For since the atoms wander through the void,All must be driven either
The Nature of Things is a long narrative Latin poem which sets out Epicurean philosophy This I read in an English prose translation The Epicureans believed in atomic theory and so this aspect of the work feels most familiar and recognisably modern and one can be impressed that people through speculation, raw brain power, and idle after dinner conversations over olives and watered wine had a perception of reality very close to what scientists have achieved today after much experimentation andThe Nature of Things is a long narrative Latin poem which sets out Epicurean philosophy This I read in an English prose translation The Epicureans believed in atomic theory and so thi
Wow, this was a real surprise Lucretius was just so shockingly ahead of his time It s probablyimportant than Newton in terms of the sheer range of thought he originates His conception of atomic theory is surprisingly accurate, down to recognizing that atoms are composed of about three different parts He also figured out the law of conservation of matter, realized that the majority of matter is made up of empty space, recognized the basic principles of gravitation, heat, light, relativi Wow, this was a real surprise Lucretius was just so shockingly ahead of his time It s probablyimportant than Newton in terms of the sheer range of thought he originates His conception of atomic theory is surprisingly accurate, down to recognizing that atoms are composed of about three different parts He also figured out the law of conservation of matter, realized th
There are a handful of books that seem to float above the rabble They are certainly not scripture, but belong on a shelf above philosophy Reading Lucretius is like reading the dreams of Darwin or Newton interpreted by the hand of Shakespeare On the Nature of Things belongs on the she
True piety lies in the power to contemplate the universe with a quiet mind This is a truth even C.S Lewis, a sincere Christian, assented to, remarking that only the atheist can believe So it is with Lucretius, whose poetry here anticipates many scientific discoveries, including several of Galileo s and Newton s, along with the general structure of atomic theory, although widely missing the mark in the theory of films supposedly an explanation of what Locke would later call secondary sub True piety lies in the power to contemplate the universe with a quiet mind This is a truth even C.S Lewis, a sincere Christian, assented to, remarking that only the atheist can believe So it is with Lucretius, whose poetry here anticipates many scientific discoveries, including several of Galileo s and Newton s, along with the general structure of atomic theory, although widely missing the mark in the theory of films supposedly an explanation of what Locke would later c
When was the last time you read an ancient Roman text that predicts quantum theory and genetics, promotes sustainable agriculture, and is written in the form of an epic poem Anyone Anyone Jesus Christ this was weird And good And nothing like it will ever be written again I dig all wildly in

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