Politics

The 100 MOST significant figures in history [SLIDESHOW]

In their new book  “Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank,” computer scientist Steven Skiena and former Google engineer Charles B. Ward rank the 100 most significant people in world history using an algorithm they created.

What goes into the algorithm? It’s complicated. If you really want to know the math behind it, read the book. Or you can learn a little about it here. But click below to see who makes the top 100 — then let us know who the list should and should not have been included in the comment section.

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  • 1.) Jesus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 2.) Napoleon Bonaparte (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 3.) Mohammad (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 4.) William Shakespeare (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 5.) Abraham Lincoln (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 6.) George Washington (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 7.) Adolf Hitler (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 8.) Aristotle (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 9.) Alexander the Great (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • Our country’s widowed third president fathered illegitimate children with one of his slaves. That sentence isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for the early years of our fair nation.(PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 11.) King Henry VIII (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 12.) Charles Darwin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 13.) Queen Elizabeth I of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 14.) Karl Marx (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 15.) Julius Caesar (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 16.) Queen Victoria of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 17.) Martin Luther (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 18.) Joseph Stalin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 19.) Albert Einstein (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 20.) Christopher Columbus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 21.) Isaac Newton (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 22.) Charlemagne (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 23.) Theodore Roosevelt (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 24.) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 25.) Plato (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 26.) Louis XIV of France (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 27.) Ludwig van Beethoven (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 28.) Ulysses S. Grant (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 29.) Leonardo da Vinci (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 30.) Roman Emperor Augustus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 31.) "Father of Taxonomy" Carl Linnaeus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 32.) Ronald Reagan (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 33.) Charles Dickens (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 34.) Paul the Apostle (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 35.) Benjamin Franklin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 36.) George W. Bush (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 37.) Winston Churchill (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 38.) Genghis Khan (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 39.) Charles I of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 40.) Thomas Edison (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 41.) James I of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 42.) Friedrich Nietzsche (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 43.) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 44.) Sigmund Freud (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 45.) Alexander Hamilton (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 46.) Gandhi (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 47.) Woodrow Wilson (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 48.) Johann Sebastian Bach (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 49.) Galileo Galilei (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 50.) Oliver Cromwell (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 51.) James Madison (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 52.) Gautama Buddha (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 53.) Mark Twain (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 54.) Edgar Allan Poe (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 55.) Joseph Smith (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 56.) Adam Smith (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 57.) David, King of Biblical Israel (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 58.) King George III of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 59.) German philosopher Immanuel Kant (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 60.) British explorer James Cook (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 61.) John Adams (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 62.) German composer Richard Wagner (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 63.) Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 64.) Voltaire (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 65.) Saint Peter (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 66.) Andrew Jackson (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 67.) Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 68.) Socrates (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 69.) Elvis Presley (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 70.) William the Conqueror (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 71.) John F. Kennedy (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 72.) Christian theologian Augustine of Hippo (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 73.) Vincent van Gogh (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 74.) Atronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 75.) Vladimir Lenin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 76.) Robert E. Lee (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 77.) Irish author and playright Oscar Wilde (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 78.) King Charles of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 79.) Roman philosopher and politician Cicero (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 80.) Jean-Jacques Rousseau (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 81.) English scientist Francis Bacon (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 82.) Richard Nixon (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 83.) French King Louis XVI (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 84.) Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 85.) Mythical King Arthur of Britain (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 86.) Michelangelo (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 87.) King Philip II of Spain (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 88.) German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 89.) Caliph Ali (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 90.) Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 91.) Pope John Paul II (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 92.) French philosopher Rene Descartes (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 93.) Inventor Nikola Tesla (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 94.) Harry Truman (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 95.) Joan of Arc (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 96.) Italian poet Dante Alighieri (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 97.) Otto von Bismarck (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 98.) Grover Cleveland (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 99.) Protestant theologian John Calvin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 100.) John Locke (PHOTO: Wikipedia)