Sunday, August 01, 2010

Mimi Asked.....

...what were the "12 Books That Changed The World" ?

The book was written by Melvyn Bragg, whose work I normally enjoy reading, but this tome I really did struggle with. Perhaps I was not in the right frame of mind to read it, with Mum being so poorly in hospital, but I really did struggle to get through it.

He describes the following as seminal works :

  1. Principia Mathematica by Sir Isaac Newton - fair enough; that was important and world-changing
  2. Married Love by Marie Stopes - she who disinherited one of her children for marrying someone who needed to wear glasses and therefore  was sullying the eugenic gene pool as she perceived it.
  3. Magna Carta (1215) - I'll allow this one, though whether it was entirely A Good Thing could be debated  :-)
  4. The Rule Book Of Association Football (1863) - well, I find UK football heartily boring. Enough said.
  5. On The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin. Yawn.
  6. On The Abolition Of The Slave Trade by William Wilberforce - fair enough.
  7. A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft - fair enough
  8. Experimental Research On Electricity by Michael Faraday. Important, certainly. Boring, yes.
  9. Patent Specification for Arkwright's Spinning Machine (1769) Definitely important and heralding major innovation in Britain's Industrial Revolution. But fascinating ? Not really.
  10. The King James Bible (1611) By William Tyndale et al - well, this has had major influence throughout the world :-)
  11. An Inquiry Into The Nature and Causes Of The Wealth Of Nations (1776) by Adam Smith. Tedious.
  12. The First Folio by William Shakespeare - definitely "right up there" with the Bible, IMO
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1 comment:

Mimi said...

I so agree on #11, I was just discussing that with a friend the other day.

And thanks! I was curious.