I have a tendency to think about random things, almost all the time. Well this morning I thought of an interesting question, I'm not sure of the influences of others though I'm sure there are some.
If you could go back in time and change any one event what event would you change?
I feel it necessary to point out that changing an event may not have a significant effect on history. For example if I were to go back and prevent Columbus from making his voyage of discovery the Americas would still have been discovered, someone else would have made a similar voyage, the only thing that would have changed would be the details of when and by who. For the purpose of this discussion assume that the change you make also prevents some other event from having the same effect on history, for example if were to I go back and kill Hitler it would not necessarily prevent WWII but for this thought experiment it would.
So what do you think?
Personally I would prevent the destruction of the Library of Alexandria. That one event set science back several centuries, its effects combined with the dark ages that followed relatively soon after set us back more then 2,000 years. Just think if this had not happened we might have had a colony on mars by now, this bit is of course just speculation as there is no telling which direction science would have taken had the Library not been destroyed. And of course don't forget the cultural aspects; the Library is said to have once held all the works of the ancient Greek playwrights, the entire collected works of Plato, and many others. Also it is said that every time a ship came to Alexandria they were searched for books and any that were found were borrowed, copied, and returned.