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The 100 MOST significant figures in history [SLIDESHOW]

Koala McDidgeridoo
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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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  • 100.) John Locke (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 99.) Protestant theologian John Calvin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 98.) Grover Cleveland (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 97.) Otto von Bismarck (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 96.) Italian poet Dante Alighieri (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 95.) Joan of Arc (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 94.) Harry Truman (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 93.) Inventor Nikola Tesla (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 92.) French philosopher Rene Descartes (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 91.) Pope John Paul II (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 90.) Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 89.) Caliph Ali (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 88.) German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 87.) King Philip II of Spain (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 86.) Michelangelo (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 85.) Mythical King Arthur of Britain (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 84.) Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 83.) French King Louis XVI (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 82.) Richard Nixon (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 81.) English scientist Francis Bacon (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 80.) Jean-Jacques Rousseau (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 79.) Roman philosopher and politician Cicero (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 78.) King Charles of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 77.) Irish author and playright Oscar Wilde (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 76.) Robert E. Lee (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 75.) Vladimir Lenin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 74.) Atronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 73.) Vincent van Gogh (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 72.) Christian theologian Augustine of Hippo (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 71.) John F. Kennedy (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 70.) William the Conqueror (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 69.) Elvis Presley (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 68.) Socrates (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 67.) Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 66.) Andrew Jackson (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 65.) Saint Peter (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 64.) Voltaire (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 63.) Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 62.) German composer Richard Wagner (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 61.) John Adams (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 60.) British explorer James Cook (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 59.) German philosopher Immanuel Kant (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 58.) King George III of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 57.) David, King of Biblical Israel (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 56.) Adam Smith (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 55.) Joseph Smith (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 54.) Edgar Allan Poe (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 53.) Mark Twain (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 52.) Gautama Buddha (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 51.) James Madison (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 50.) Oliver Cromwell (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 49.) Galileo Galilei (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 48.) Johann Sebastian Bach (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 47.) Woodrow Wilson (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 46.) Gandhi (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 45.) Alexander Hamilton (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 44.) Sigmund Freud (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 43.) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 42.) Friedrich Nietzsche (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 41.) James I of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 40.) Thomas Edison (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 39.) Charles I of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 38.) Genghis Khan (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 37.) Winston Churchill (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 36.) George W. Bush (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 35.) Benjamin Franklin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 34.) Paul the Apostle (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 33.) Charles Dickens (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 32.) Ronald Reagan (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 31.) "Father of Taxonomy" Carl Linnaeus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 30.) Roman Emperor Augustus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 29.) Leonardo da Vinci (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 28.) Ulysses S. Grant (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 27.) Ludwig van Beethoven (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 26.) Louis XIV of France (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 25.) Plato (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 24.) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 23.) Theodore Roosevelt (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 22.) Charlemagne (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 21.) Isaac Newton (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 20.) Christopher Columbus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 19.) Albert Einstein (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 18.) Joseph Stalin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 17.) Martin Luther (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 16.) Queen Victoria of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 15.) Julius Caesar (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 14.) Karl Marx (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 13.) Queen Elizabeth I of England (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 12.) Charles Darwin (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 11.) King Henry VIII (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 10.) Thomas Jefferson (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 9.) Alexander the Great (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 8.) Aristotle (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 7.) Adolf Hitler (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 6.) George Washington (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 5.) Abraham Lincoln (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 4.) William Shakespeare (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 3.) Mohammad (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 2.) Napoleon Bonaparte (PHOTO: Wikipedia)
  • 1.) Jesus (PHOTO: Wikipedia)