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On the Nature of the Universe (Penguin Classics)

by Lucretius, R.E. Latham, John Godwin, etc.

Buy the book: Lucretius. On the Nature of the Universe (Penguin Classics)

Release Date: December, 1994

Edition: Paperback


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Buy the book: Lucretius. On the Nature of the Universe (Penguin Classics)

Very interesting, very well written and translated.

Lucretius' work "On the Nature of the Universe" is surely one of the seminal works in the history of science. His analysis (some of which was deductive, some inductive) anticipated modern scientific theories by about 1800 years. His statement of what became the First and Second laws of Thermodynamics, his anticipation of the Cosmological Principle, along with some of the Laws of Motion (if I remember correctly), are absolutely astounding. It just goes to show that people living 2000 years ago were just as observant and intelligible as people are today (if not more so). On top of the science that is contained in the work, the fact that it was originally composed in poetic form makes it even more praiseworthy. Furthermore, the prose translation is outstanding. I've never read a translation of an ancient philosophical work that was as easy to read as this one was. Being a Christian, I cannot accept his atheistic presuppositions, but I can certainly appreciate his work as being vital to the development of philosophy. He certainly raised some very interesting and important questions that people have struggled to answer and come to grips with since Lucretius' time. I would recommend this book to anybody with an interest in philosophy and science.

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