De Rerum Natura
The De Rurum Natura of Lucretius (99BC-55BC) is one of the great books of the world, a lucid explanation of physical phenomena that develops into a majestic vision of the ultimate nature of the universe.
Lucretius' observations of the particularities of the world remain alive across the centuries. We follow his enquiring, scientific mind as he investigates the workings of mirror images, thunderstorms and magnetism, how we walk and what sleep is. Overarching all is Lucretius' belief in a universe of eternally recurring elements.
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This is a stunningly prescient work about how the natural world and the universe operate. The language is rich and evocative. An appreciation of the beauty in the world that surrounds us is mixed with a rigorous investigation through narrative analysis of the underlying, invisible atomic fabric of existence. It is one of the great books of all time and belongs on the shelf of every serious thinking man and woman.
Joel Levinson - Founder of SpaceGroup and author of The Reluctant Hunter