What would you say is the most important invention in all of human history? Check whether your answer makes the cut and become familiar with about other world-changing manifestations with our rundown of the best ten developments in mankind’s history. Investigate generally secret realities about well-known creators, developments that changed the world celebrated advancements, who concocted the wheel, and the print machine innovation. Aha!
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10. The Internet, invented in the USA, 1983.
While the Internet is still in its infancy, it has already had an incalculable effect on nearly every aspect of human life. Originally title ARPANET, the Internet adopted TCP/IP on January 1, 1983, and users began to assemble the “network of networks.” The Internet became more recognizable to what we know now when in 1990 computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web.
9. The Compass, invented in China, 5th Century BC.
The magnetic compass greatly aided maritime travel, allowing for the expansion of exploration, trade, and warfare. You may not know the compass was originally used for divination, geomancy, fortune-telling, and for finding precious gems. Early compasses were made from a magnetized needle that was attached to a piece of wood or cork that floated freely in a dish of water. The marked end of the free-floating needle would then point toward the magnetic north.
8. Penicillin, discovered by Alexander Fleming (1928) in Scotland.
Arguably the most important medical discovery of the 20th century, penicillin, and later antibiotics have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Penicillin was actually invented by accident when its inventor, Sir Alexander Fleming accidentally left out a staphylococcus culture plate. He noticed that the mold that had begun to grow was preventing the growth of staphylococci. His conclusion that the Penicillium mold prevents the growth of bacteria revolutionized medicine… .and the world.
7. The Electric Light Bulb, invented by Thomas Edison (1879) in the USA.
Without electric light we would still be dependent upon natural light and expensive, inefficient light sources like coal and oil. The story of the lightbulb involves other important inventors and figures, including Alessandro Volta, Humphrey Davy, Warren de la Rue, and Joseph Swan who all contributed to the light bulb. Where Thomas Edison succeeded was in his creation of developing a practical and inexpensive bulb.
6. The Steam Engine, invented by Thomas Savery (1698) in England.
The steam engine powered factories, ships, and trains, and paved the way for later engine designs, such as the internal combustion engine. Although steam locomotions are now almost extinct from most of the world’s railroads, their invention ranks with cars, airplanes, telephones, the radio, and televisions as one of the greatest inventions of all time.
5. The Computer invented and refined between 1822 and 1950.
For many people in the modern world, a day doesn’t go by in which they aren’t reliant upon the use of one or more computers. In 1833, Charles Babbage invented all the parts of the modern computer, but it wasn’t until 120 years later that the first “modern” computer would be invented. In 1936, Konrad Zuse created the first computer, named Z1.
4. Firearms invented 11th century AD.
Black powder weapons changed warfare forever, and traditional power structures with it. Firearms’ relative ease of use took martial power out of the hands of aristocratic elites and placed it in everyone’s hands.
3. Steel, invented ca. 1,800 BC.
The modern world is cast in steel, and this amazing metal has long been used to make the best arms and armor.
2. The Printing Press, invented by Bi Sheng (1045) in China and Johann Gutenberg (1450) in Germany.
The ability to inexpensively produce books on a large scale paved the way for the transmission of ideas and general education.
1. The Wheel, invented ca. 3,500 BC.
While we think the invention of the wheel was invented soon after humans learned to walk, other inventions predated the wheel by thousands of years, such as the sewing needle, woven cloth, basket weaving, boats, and the flute. The first wheels were not even invented for travel; they were invented to serve as a potter’s the wheel around 3500 B.C, some 300 years before someone figured out how to use them for chariots.