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Books that changed the world
Books that changed the world
Downs, Robert B. (Robert Bingham), 1903-1991.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, 1978.
Physical Description:
ix, 400 pages ; 24 cm
Ideas in the flow of civilization -- The Bible -- Homer: Iliad, Odyssey -- Aesop: Fables -- Plato: Symposium, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Republic, Statesman, Laws, Timaeus -- Aristotle: Organon, History of animals, Physics, On the heavens, Meteorologics, Mechanics, Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric, Poetics -- The Greek playwrights: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Menander -- Greek and Roman historians: Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius, Sallust, Livy, Plutarch, Tacitus -- St. Augustine: Confessions, City of God -- St. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica -- Niccolò Machiavelli: The prince -- Thomas Paine: Common sense -- Adam Smith: Wealth of nations -- Mary Wollstonecraft: Vindication of the rights of women -- Thomas Malthus: Essay on the principle of population -- Henry David Thoreau: "Civil disobedience" -- Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's cabin -- Karl Marx: Das kapital -- Alfred T. Mahan: The influence of sea power upon history --

Sir Halford J. Mackinder: "The geographical pivot of history" -- Adolf Hitler: Mein kampf -- Hippocrates: Aphorisms -- Theophrastus: On the history of plants, On the causes of plants -- Archimedes: On the sphere and cylinder -- Lucretius: De rerum natura -- Pliny the elder: Natural history -- Nicolaus Copernicus: De revolutionibus orbium coelestium -- Andreas Vesalius: De humani corporis fabrica -- William Harvey: De motu Cordis -- Sir Isaac Newton: Principia mathematica -- Edward Jenner: An inquiry into the causes and effects of the variolae vaccinae -- Charles Darwin: Origin of species -- Sigmund Freud: The interpretation of dreams -- Albert Einstein: Relativity, the special and general theories -- Rachel Carson: Silent spring.
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