There are almost innumerable numbers of books from early human history to the present day. Only a small percentage of these books have transformed or changed society in one way or another. Here is a list of 5 books that have had a huge impact in literature and society:
1. Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton
This book contains Newton’s law of motion and formed the foundation of classical mechanics. Also, Newton’s law of universal gravitation is described within the text. It is “justly regarded as one of the most important works in the history of science”.
2. Magna Carta
The Magna Carta is a charter that led to the rule of constitutional law in England and elsewhere with time. This was a foundation for constitutions written in later centuries such as the English Bill of Rights.
3. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
This work of scientific literature is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Darwin introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection.
4. The Holy Bible
The Bible is a collection of texts on which Christians base their beliefs upon. This book has affected many societies and caused many conflicts. A lot of modern society still uses elements from this book in all aspects of life.
5. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
This book describes what builds a nation’s wealth. It discusses the division of labor, productivity, and free markets. Also, it influenced many authors, economists, governments, and organizations.