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Old August 15th, 2011, 05:19 PM   #1

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Books that Changed the World ?


Obviously we'll choose the Qur'an, the Bible, the Old Testament and so on and on. But I want to exclude the religion books listed here.

So, what books changed the world ?
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Old August 15th, 2011, 05:24 PM   #2

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I like to think that Machiavelli's works, and Erasmus's works are very beneficial to our society today. And even Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto have contributed very much to today's world, not necessarily great things though.
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Old August 15th, 2011, 05:26 PM   #3

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"L'Encyclopédie" of Diderot certainly was an important book in as it was the first true encyclopedia in the western world.
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John Locke's Treatise on Government?

St Augustine's City of God?

Isaac Newton's Phliosophia Naturalis Principia Mathematica?
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Old August 15th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #5

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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species
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Old August 15th, 2011, 06:02 PM   #6
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I'm surprised no one mentioned Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
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I'd say Gutenberg's Bible changed the world. Not so much because it's "The Bible" but because it introduced the movable type press.
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The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels

Das Kapital,
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I'd say Gutenberg's Bible changed the world. Not so much because it's "The Bible" but because it introduced the movable type press.
Gutenberg's bible had more impact on the West than the East. China and all her tributaries already had the movable type press.

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Gutenberg's bible changed had more impact on the West than the East. China and all her tributaries already had the movable type press.
I did not know that. You have sparked my curiosity.
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