The great inventions that have shaped our civilization

Here are the greatest inventions. What is great? It is an invention that is often difficult to discover and has great importance to humans in terms of their survival or use in everyday life. Sometimes these factors are better appreciated when one travels to an area of the world where they were not discovered.  For example, think what the New World would have looked like if someone had figured out what we call the Roman arch. Yes, there was a work-around in using a trapezoidal shape for doors and windows, but it certainly was a limiting factor when building a bridge or aqueduct. Another obvious limitation is a written language that facilitates the transfer and accumulation of knowledge for centuries. Lastly, think how the wheel (and axle) is omnipresent in today's world, but it is such a difficult concept to originate, that it probably developed only in one place.

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List of Great Inventions

Agriculture

Air Flight

Alcohol

Architecture and Construction Technologies

Aquaculture

Aqueducts

Asphalt

Barbed Wire

Bread

Buildings and Their Technologies

Chemistry

Cities and Their Technologies

Clocks

Compass

Computers

Communication Technologies

Construction Materials

Dams

Electricity Production and Use

Electronics

Fasteners

Fire

Fisheries

Food Preservation

Formal Education

Fortifications

Glass

Gunpowder

Guns and Weapons

Household Appliances

Internet

Knives and Other Cutters

Language: Spoken and written

Manufacturing and Its Technologies

Mathematics and Physics

Medicine

Metallurgy

Meteorology

Money

Musical Instruments

Optics

Organization

Patent System

Plastics

Pottery

Power Engines

Power Generation

Printing press

Radio and Television

Recording: Sight and Sound

Religion

Rope and Cord

Sewers and Treatments

Scientific Method

Textiles

Time Measurement

Tools

Railroads

Scale (weight)

Ships

Space Technologies

Toilets

Transport Animals

Wheel and Axle

X-rays

 

 

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Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to be accurate and material is generally from multiple sources or is general knowledge. However, nothing on this website is represented as absolute fact. The history of few inventions, even how they are described, is known with unanimity among authors. If anything, the information on this website represents only the opinion of its creators.

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This page updated or reviewed in March 2011