The 71 most amazing innovations of all time

These days we’re all used to constant innovations in science and technology. But a lot of groundwork had to be laid down in the past to reach this stage.

Without many historical and truly amazing innovations, which we now that for granted, it would be impossible to be where we are now.

YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE created a video, supported by Will Gates, outlining some of these inventions. Watch it here:

And here’s the full list:

  1. Language
  2. Control fire
  3. Agriculture
  4. Plow
  5. Sail boat
  6. Glasses
  7. Nails
  8. Cement
  9. Wheel
  10. Soap
  11. Abacus – the original computer
  12. Paper
  13. Printing press
  14. Libraries
  15. Alphabet prevalence
  16. Modern number system
  17. First democracy
  18. The scientific method
  19. Compass
  20. Archimedes screw
  21. Mechanical clock
  22. Gregorian calendar
  23. Eye glasses
  24. Telescope
  25. Microscope
  26. Idea that Earth is not the centre of the universe
  27. Steam engine
  28. Internal combustion engine
  29. Binary numbers
  30. Boolean logic
  31. Newton’s laws of motion and universal gravity
  32. Einstein’s theory of special relativity
  33. Einstein’s theory of general relativity
  34. Quantum theory
  35. Vaccines
  36. Water purification
  37. Food Preservation
  38. Photographic camera
  39. Wireless telegraph
  40. Telephone
  41. Radio waves
  42. Radio
  43. Television
  44. Anaesthesia
  45. Antiseptics
  46. Sanitation system
  47. Refrigeration
  48. Light bulb
  49. Simples capacitor
  50. Modern car
  51. Aeroplane
  52. Semiconductors
  53. Transistors
  54. Electron discovery
  55. Discovery of the atom
  56. Nitrogen fixation
  57. Plant breeding
  58. Antibiotics
  59. Birth control
  60. Polyethylene and other plastics
  61. Discovery of DNA
  62. Genetic engineering
  63. Genome sequencing
  64. Satellite communications
  65. Internet
  66. Personal computer
  67. GPS
  68. Smartphone
  69. Space exploration – first orbital launch
  70. First moon landing
  71. Hubble telescope

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