From difficult and creative beginnings, writers have always been among the most influential people who open the eyes of many readers back in the day up to this day. To understand our world better, we should thank all the books that shaped our society. From the self-titled book of the greatest philosophers and scientists of our time, we strive to be the best.
Get to know more about the most influential literature ever written by reading this blog.
From the genius of Albert Einstein, he wrote The Meaning of Relativity in 1916. Have you ever wondered where does the E=MC2 comes from and why it is so popular today? Albert Einstein defines a formula to create and destroy matter or anti-matter. E=MC2 also expresses that mass and energy are the same physical entity and can be changed with each other. You must be thinking, how come is this book influential? Well, as a matter of fact, this book is largely known worldwide as the game-changer of the scientific scene as it implies the production of nuclear energy and the application we use today, GPS.
From the mid-nineteenth century, The Republic, a book published by Plato, is the most well-known and read dialogue book of all time. The Republic explains the concept of justice, education, morality, reality, and the government. Plato’s book gains worldwide appreciation because of its conversational style. We all know that Plato played a big part in our modern 21st-century world because of his idealism about societal, political, and individual justice.
Many people believes that William Shakespeare is the best writer of all time. Shakespeare’s work is about comedy, a slice of life, love, romance, death, revenge, grief, murder, magic, and mystery. The “First Folio” was the first collection of Shakespeare’s complete works, and it is believed to be the most important document in the history of Europe until today.
This one is among the most well-known books of all time. On the Origin of Species is a book written by Charles Darwin. The book tackles the theory of evolution by natural selection, which is still up for debate with churchgoers and scientists up to this day. The book is known for its extensive information about the origins and evolutions of human species. This book directly impacted religious beliefs and the existence of an omnipotent creator.
Karl Marx’s, the father of communism, and Friedrich Engels’ The Communist Manifesto, strongly condemned the idea of capitalism. This book also studies the class battles: exploitation of working will become the main problem of the ruling class. It is believed that the book also dives into the matter of wealth that should be distributed evenly, education that should be free, and that the people should own properties. This book also strongly suggests communism.
Defining the limits of metaphysics, Immanuel Kant is a philosopher who contributed a lot with his findings. Kant also doesn’t believe it can be based on thinking and reasoning alone. The Critique of Pure Reason sees the world as the most beautiful world through space and time, but in return, we cannot be sure that this world we live in is 100% real or if our perceptions are just tricking us.
In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft outlined her beliefs about the equality of women and men. Back then, women were seen as incapable of doing things that men could do. They are frivolous and weak, as what society labeled them, but when the A Vindication of the Rights of Woman book was published, Mary changed the narrative. This book changed all the odds and made it even for women and men. Everyone is equal even in education, based on Mary Wollstonecraft.
Racial discrimination and religious differential were the biggest issues we encountered before and unfortunately, until today (however subdued they may be). Orientalism is a book written by Edward Said. Orientalism is a manner of thought that is based on the metaphysics and origin of ‘The Orient’ and ‘The Occident.’ This book tackled the supremacy of the Occident against the Orient. Occident is the countries reside Europe and America while Orient is from Asia, esp. Eastern Asia. Orientalism evaluates the way western people think about the people of the East. It is a post-colonial study, and readers will eventually see the relevance of this book mostly to the current political issues of Eastern and Middle East cultures.
By far, this is the most important piece in the literary world. Dante Alighieri wrote an epic poem titled Divine Comedy. It details the journey through the realms of the afterlife and, allegedly, the soul’s discovery of God. Cerberus’s illustration guards the entrance in the third circle of hell. A three headed dog that welcomes people that have succumbed to gluttony. Art, music, and literature thrived throughout the Middle Ages, producing some of the most important pieces of literature today. The Divine Comedy also illustrates the closer view of Medieval Christian practices and philosophy.
This book is one of the most important works in the history of science and mathematics. Sir Isaac Newton wrote the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica or Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy when translated from Latin. Newton published this book in 1687. The book consists of three laws of motion where Newton was so well-known for, the Law of Inertia, Law of Mass and Acceleration, and Third Law of Motion. The publishing of the book wasn’t in Newton’s mind. Thankfully, an astronomer, Edmond Halley (see also Halley’s Comet), helped and lent his offer to Newton to publish the book in public. Halley encouraged Newton to produce outlined ideas and promised him to edit them before the release.
Our history considers books as an important storyteller and source of information for the current and following generations to come. When the authors were still just starting their creative beginnings, they helped us be more into literature. Books play as a model to all of us by introducing the imaginary world of fiction books and novels, providing knowledge about the things we don’t really understand. It is also a medium for us to practice reading, speaking, and boosting our memory and intelligence. Overall, what you are now is because of the book that molds you when you were still a child..
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