How a 2,000-year-old poem by a Roman thinker changed the way we view science
Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt won the Pulitzer Prize for a book that answers the question, and shares his ideas in a conversation with Haaretz.
One day in the year 1417, Poggio Bracciolini, an Italian scholar and humanist, was in the library of a German monastery, poring over ancient books and manuscripts. Suddenly he came across a text that stunned him. It was a book-length poem written by Titus Lucretius Carus, a Roman poet of the first century B.C.E.