RE: Origins of species

Vandergraaf, Chuck (
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 10:58:19 -0400


This "news from Norway" makes me wonder
* how 100 university professors could possibly judge the most imporant
non-fiction book ever written, presumably in all languages, during the last
4000 or so years
* what criteria were used in judging
* why university professors were chosen in the first place
* what the disciplines of these professors are
* where the Bible ended up in this list of books (if it even made the

I'm also surprised that Darwin's book had evidently previously not been
translated in Norwegian!

Chuck Vandergraaf
Pinawa, MB, Canada

> just heard on the radio news and read in the newspaper that
> 100 university professors here in Norway (we have 4 universities in
> this country) have voted for the most important
> non-fiction book ever written. They voted on ten books each and
> the 100 books that got most votes will be translated and published in
> Norwegian in a new book series.
> The book that got most votes - it got twice as many votes as number two -
> was
> Charles Darwin's "Origins of species"
> This indicates that this is the most (or maybe one of the most)
> important books ever written - according to our Norwegian academic
> friends.
> I am not sure whether these people would put a fiction book above this
> book in importance.