Monday, December 22, 2008

12 Books that Changed the World

These are the 12 books that Melvyn Bragg thought changed the world in a dramatic way. There were many other books he had to leave off the list. As you can see, some of these are on the 50 Greatest Books List I just completed. Others are not on that list. The bold titles in the list below are NOT in the 50 Greatest Books series. I will attempt to find more information about those books.

Darwin - The Origin of Species (1859)
The First Rule Book of the Football Association (1863)
William Shakespeare's First Folio (1623)
Newton - Principia Mathematica (1687)
Adam Smith - The Wealth of Nations (1776)
William Wilberforce - Speech to the House of Commons (May 12 1789)
The King James Bible (1611)
Patent Specification for Arkwright's Spinning Machine (1769)
Mary Wollstonecraft - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
Michael Faraday - Experimental Research in Electricity (1855)
Marie Stopes - Married Love (1918)
Magna Carta (1215)

Bragg also made a TV series about these books.
Here is the Football Association Rules Book clip.

Part 1 - 10 Minutes

Part 2 - 7 Minutes

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