Jorinde Voigt’s Epicurus
Epicurus’ letter to Pythokles is the source of Epikur Brief an Pythokles, Jorinde Voigt’s suite of eight drawings. In the letter Epicurus refers to a letter he sent to Herodotus, which details the key doctrines of his major work, “On Nature,” of which only fragments have survived. In these letters – which amount to philosophical treatises — Epicurus sets forth his understanding of the universe, which was partly based on the theory of Atomism that the pre-Socratic philosopher, Democritus, had developed a few hundred years earlier.
Long before our search for the Higgs Boson and the building of the particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, in Geneva, Switzerland, Democritus believed that the universe was made up of atoms, bits of indivisible matter. According to Democritus, the natural world was comprised of two invisible bodies, atoms and the void. He posited that the atoms were in constant movement throughout all eternity, which is one reason why things continually changed. continue to read Jorinde Voigt’s Epicurus.pdf