So Who Were the Biggest Influences in the Last 1000 Years? from Gutenberg to George Washington, from Einstein to Hitler, a New Book Claims to Have All the Answers

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So Who Were the Biggest Influences in the Last 1000 Years? from Gutenberg to George Washington, from Einstein to Hitler, a New Book Claims to Have All the Answers


1. Johannes Gutenberg (1394-1468) Father of the printing press.

2. Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) "The agent of Western civilization."

3. Martin Luther (1483-1546) German Protestant reformer.

4. Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) His telescope helped found modern science.

5. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) "Mirror of the millennium's soul."

6. Isaac Newton (1642-1727) Laws of motion helped propel the Age of Reason.

7. Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Theory of evolution.

8. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) His proofs of God's existence became a cornerstone of faith.

9. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) "The ultimate Renaissance man."

10. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) "Music's titan."

11. John Locke (1632-1704) Writings influenced Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

12. Mohandas K Gandhi (1869-1948) Showed the power of peaceful disobedience.

13. Michelangelo (1475-1564) "First among artists."

14. Karl Marx (1818-1883) Founder of communism.

15. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) "Sage of the subconscious."

16. Napoleon I (1769-1821) "The human god of war."

17. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Theory of relativity supplanted Newton.

18. Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) Questioned whether earth was centre of universe.

19. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss philosopher's writings are "the spiritual father of just about everything."

20. Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) Villain of the millennium.

21. Adam Smith (1723-1790) Scot's Wealth of Nations is foundation of classic economics.

22. George Washington (1723-1799) "Father of our country."

23, 24. Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville Wright (1871-1948) "The original Wright stuff."

25. Rene Descartes (1596-1650) Philosopher of truth also invented analytic geometry.

26. Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) His theories on germ-borne diseases saved "countless lives".

27. Peter the Great (1672-1725) Czar who built modern Russia.

28. Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) "The man who lit the world."

29. William I of England (1028-1087) French lord "conquered" England in 1066.

30. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) His decision to write in Italian rather than Latin paved the way for European literature. …

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