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Old March 15th, 2011, 05:52 AM   #1

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The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History


OP is the name of the book by astrophysicist Michael J. Hart,who wrote 3 books on history.His most famous is this one.

I'm sure some of you have heard(and perhaps read)this book.It's one of the most famous books of it's kind.But for those who haven't,here's the full list:

1.Muhammad
2.Isaac Newton
3.Jesus Christ
4.Buddha
5.Confucius
6.St. Paul
7.Ts'ai Lun
8.Johann Gutenberg
9.Christopher Columbus
10.Albert Einstein
11.Louis Pasteur
12.Galileo Galilei
13.Aristotle
14.Euclid
15.Moses
16.Charles Darwin
17.Shih Huang Ti
18.Augustus Caesar
19.Nicolaus Copernicus
20.Antoine Laurent Lavoisier
21.Constantine the Great
22.James Watt
23.Michael Faraday
24.James Clerk Maxwell
25.Martin Luther
26.George Washington
27.Karl Marx
28.Orville and Wilbur Wright
29.Genghis Khan
30.Adam Smith
31.William Shakespeare
32.John Dalton
33.Alexander the Great
34.Napoleon Bonaparte
35.Thomas Edison
36.Antony van Leeuwenhoek
37.William T.G. Morton
38.Guglielmo Marconi
39.Adolf Hitler
40.Plato
41.Oliver Cromwell
42.Alexander Graham Bell
43.Alexander Fleming
44.John Locke
45.Ludwig van Beethoven
46.Werner Heisenberg
47.Louis Daguerre
48.Simon Bolivar
49.Rene Descartes
50.Michelangelo
51.Pope Urban II
52.'Umar ibn al-Khattab
53.Ashoka
54.St. Augustine
55.William Harvey
56.Ernest Rutherford
57.John Calvin
58.Gregor Mendel
59.Max Planck
60.Joseph Lister
61.Nikolaus August Otto
62.Francisco Pizarro
63.Hernando Cortes
64.Thomas Jefferson
65.Queen Isabella I
66.Joseph Stalin
67.Julius Caesar
68.William the Conqueror
69.Sigmund Freud
70.Edward Jenner
71.Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen
72.Johann Sebastian Bach
73.Lao Tzu
74.Voltaire
75.Johannes Kepler
76.Enrico Fermi
77.Leonhard Euler
78.Jean-Jacques Rousseau
79.Nicoli Machiavelli
80.Thomas Malthus
81.John F. Kennedy
82.Gregory Pincus
83.Mani
84.Lenin
85.Sui Wen Ti
86.Vasco da Gama
87.Cyrus the Great
88.Peter the Great
89.Mao Zedong
90.Francis Bacon
91.Henry Ford
92.Mencius
93.Zoroaster
94.Queen Elizabeth I
95.Mikhail Gorbachev
96.Menes
97.Charlemagne
98.Homer
99.Justinian I
100.Mahavira

Your thoughts?Anyone too low,too high?Notables,missing from the list,as well as those who don't deserve to be on it?

My biggest beef is Marconi.His place on the list should belong to Nikola Tesla(and Marconi should go off the list).
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Adolf Hitler but no Winston Churchill ??
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I don't understand what Isaac Newton is doing on 2nd place, while da Vinci is not in the list at all.
And I can see the name of Omar Ibn Al Khataab?!!!!
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And where is Miley Cirus for God sake!!!!!
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Adolf Hitler but no Winston Churchill ??
Indeed.Churchill is an obvious absentee.
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I don't understand what Isaac Newton is doing on 2nd place, while da Vinci is not in the list at all.
And I can see the name of Omar Ibn Al Khataab?!!!!
I too don't understand what Newton is doing on 2nd spot.

And Leonardo is one of the biggest names among those absent.
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I'd like to see Herodotus feature up here somewhere. "father of history" and all that, considering this is a history book.
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I too don't understand what Newton is doing on 2nd spot.

And Leonardo is one of the biggest names among those absent.
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I read a biography of Leonardo that stressed that most of his remarkable ideas were kept secret and didn't influence contemopraries. The LIST is about how important persons influenced history. This biography would argue that Leonardo didn't really have much contemporary ( or subsequent) influence.
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I read a biography of Leonardo that stressed that most of his remarkable ideas were kept secret and didn't influence contemopraries. The LIST is about how important persons influenced history. This biography would argue that Leonardo didn't really have much contemporary ( or subsequent) influence.
There's truth to that.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 06:39 AM   #10

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Highest ranked female is Isabella I of Spain.I have to say,deservedly,IMO.
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