Life Millennium: The 100 Most Important Events and People of the Past 1,000 Years

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The flush toilet and the discovery of the potato. The Declaration of Independence and the invention of plastic. The first novel and man's first steps on the moon. These are some of the 100 most important events, discoveries and magnificent moments of the past 1,000 years, as selected - and ranked - by the editors of Life in this highly readable and lushly illustrated tour of the millennium. It's an encyclopedic and entertaining account of human progress from 1001 to the presenta book you'll want to save for the ...
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The flush toilet and the discovery of the potato. The Declaration of Independence and the invention of plastic. The first novel and man's first steps on the moon. These are some of the 100 most important events, discoveries and magnificent moments of the past 1,000 years, as selected - and ranked - by the editors of Life in this highly readable and lushly illustrated tour of the millennium. It's an encyclopedic and entertaining account of human progress from 1001 to the presenta book you'll want to save for the next 1,000 years.
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You are probably going to get sick of end-of-millennium lists before too long, but this collection of the 100 crucial events and 100 most significant people of the last 1,000 years from the editors of Life magazine is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. First it counts backward from number 100 -- the fixing of the European calendar in 1582 -- to number 1, the event that had the greatest impact on human society: Gutenberg's production of the Bible on a printing press in 1455. Then the order is reversed, and the 100 most influential people are enumerated, beginning with Edison (1) and ending with Linnaeus (100).
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  • ISBN-13: 9780821225578
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/25/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

The World As It Was 6
The 100 Events 10
The 100 People 168
The World As It Will Be 188
Time Line 190
Acknowledgments 192
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    Time Flies

    My 14 year old son and I read this book while waiting 1 hour for a dentist appointment. We enjoyed the format of counting down from the 100th most important event to the first. We tried to guess what things would be included on the list and their order. It was a great, quick review of historical events and made the time fly by. I am ordering several for people on my Christmas list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    What a patriotic list!

    I just went through LIFE's top 100 people of the millennium. Guess whom I found on top? Only an American magazine could possibly get the idea to place Edison there, of all people! Sure, Edison was a fine inventor, but even during his lifetime there were inventors whose inventions had greater impact than Edison's. And to let him preside over the entire millennium really seems the most amazing stretch of patriotism. The blurb even leaves the impression that Edison was the inventor of the light bulb, or at least its most important contributor, although he was just one of those who improved it. Globel invented the first true light bulb in 1854, Woodward and Evans patented one in 1875, Swan built one with carbon filament in 1878, and Edison purchased the 1875 patent and tried many alternative materials and was eventually able to prolong the burning time in 1879. Likewise, most of Edison's numerous other patents were just improvements of older inventions (exception: the grammophone). Moreover, the 19th century saw greater inventions than the light bulb or the grammophone, e.g, gasoline engine and car (Benz; note that it is the car industry that became the TwenCen's dominant industry, not the light bulb industry), or the dynamo for making electricity (Siemens), or the electric motor (Faraday). Other contemporaries whose impact exceeded Edison's include Darwin (evolution theory) and Haber (artificial fertilizer, most influential TwenCen invention according to NATURE, July 1999, p.415; increasing the world's population from 1.6 to 6 billion). Unfortunately, patriotic inaccuracies and overstatements invalidate and ridicule the entire top 100 list. A positive note: the top 10 event list seems halfway reasonable, topped by bookprint (Gutenberg re-invented this Chinese technology and thus started the Western information age), steam engine (start of the industrial revolution; Watt improved the previous models), Protestantism (only major new religion of the past 1000 years), and the discovery of the New World (Columbus, 1492). Anyway, given this more or less convincing event list it comes as an even greater surprise to see Edison (just one of many influential 19th century inventors) placed ahead of truly influential giants such as Gutenberg and Watt and Luther and Newton and Einstein and Columbus. No decent round of experts (say, an international group of history professors) would place Edison anywhere near the top 10. But hey, I should lighten up! LIFE is a US magazine trying to maximize throughput in its predominantly US-based readership. I guess the editor's objective is making money, not sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    Packed With Information in 192 pages

    I keep on picking up this book again and again, especially for its Top 100 People of the Millenuim list. Events and achievements are all briefly described. The pictures are nothing short of outstanding. I wish I had this book when I was younger.

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