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Lucretius Was Right: All You Need To Know Is In Book One
Yes the next five books give a huge amount of detail, but I think he is right that the core is in book one. To a certain extent everything after - nothing comes or goes to nothing, pleasure is the guide of life, and trust the senses - is just following those to their logical conclusions.
Book 1 blew me away when I read it. Of course the whole poem was mind blowing, but Book 1 is revolutionary.