THE BEATLES WERE PRETTY GOOD TOO….Tyler Cowen comments on Charles Murray’s new book that ranks the 4,000 most important artists and scientists in human history:

The very best parts are the pages that show just how concentrated in space and time European high culture has been. Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands account for an astonishing percent of the total. Throw in Vienna, if you wish.

Aren’t we missing a country here? Here’s a Q&A with Murray:

Q. Who came out on top of big categories like Western Literature, Western Art, Western Philosophy, and Combined Sciences?

A. Shakespeare, Michelangelo, Aristotle, and Newton — the people you’d expect.

Hmmm, two Brits are #1 in their categories….