Harrison Horblit, “One Hundred Books Famous in Science”, 1964 was the topic of an earlier blog post.
Richard Wrangham, “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human”, 2009 also was the topic of an earlier blog post.
Here I present: Michael H. Hart, “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History”, 1978. This book is ranking by the author, who in his opinion were influential people. It is not simply a list; but, the book rankings of a hundred historical figures is obviously opinionated.
The “table of contents” of the book is shown BELOW.
ABOVE is the reasons the author selected the ranking of the historical figures he considered most the influential people. The first person on this list is #1. Muhammad going down the list to #20 Antoine Lavoisier.
Here I presented: Michael H. Hart, “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History”, 1978.
Civilization has many components, shown in schematic ABOVE.
Civilizations composed: 1. religion, 2. government, 3. cities, 4. writing, 5. social classes, 6. job specialization, and 7. culture are ranked differently with each person.
Michael H. Hart was by schooling an astrophysicist; and, his rankings of historical figures shows this background.
BELOW is the linguistic tree of world languages. At the top of tree is the Sumerian language of Mesopotamia’. This is the first writing in History.
Nostratic is the superphylum that contains the Sumerian language of Mesopotamia’. Dene-Caucasian is the other superphylum in the tree of languages. Dichotomy of Nostratic and Dene-Caucasian is where Michael H. Hart’s selection come from.
Civilizations are either Nostratic or Dene-Caucasian from a linguistic viewpoint of writing. Prehistory’s people that were Oral Civilizations accounted for most of the evolution of man.