Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species Voted Most Influential Academic Book in History

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species has been voted as the most influential academic book of all time, with over a quarter of the public voting for the revolutionary book in an online poll, commissioned by Academic Book Week.

The results of the vote, which gave voters a choice of 20 academic books that changed the world as chosen by leading academic booksellers, librarians and publishers, have been announced today as part of the first ever Academic Book Week (9-16 November 2015).

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, which founded evolutionary biology when it was published in 1859, was the clear favourite in the public vote, followed by Marx & Engels’ Communist Manifesto and The Complete Works of Shakespeare.

The top five academic books that changed the world as voted for by the public are:

  1. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  2. The Communist Manifesto by Marx & Engels
  3. The Complete Works by William Shakespeare
  4. The Republic by Plato
  5. Critique of Pure Reason Immanuel Kant

Academic Book Week (9th – 16th November 2015) is a week of debate and celebration around the academic book and what its future holds with a series of events, competitions, promotions, and social media activity taking place all over the UK and beyond.

Events are being hosted by bookshops, libraries, universities, and academic publishers, with debates and panels ranging from questioning the future of the academic book and where it will ‘live’ to the importance of university bookshops to whether or not we can trust Wikipedia. A full list of events during Academic Book Week can be found here.

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