Inventions that Changed the World
About 180 inventions are described in chronological order, with an emphasis on how the invention developed, what problem they were designed to solve and their significance to contemporaries - and to subsequent events. Headings give the name and date of the invention and inventor. Subjects include writing, the watch, the rifle, the vacuum cleaner, the electronic computer and the contraceptive pill. Everything is grouped under various sections from the ancient world, the enlightened world and the modern world amongst others.
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The invention of stone tools about 500000 bc
The invention of arrowheads 18000 BC
The invention of the wheel 6400 BC
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Abraham Darby American arquebus astrolabe autobahn barcode became brick Britain British Bronze Age building built calculation called carbon Chinese clock clockwork radio Coade Coade stone colour commercial created cylinders designed developed device devised disc diving early Earth Edison Edmund Cartwright effect eighteenth Eleanor Coade electric encyclopedia England ENIAC Europe experiment factory feet film fire French globe huge idea improved Industrial Revolution invented inventor iron John known laser later Leibniz locomotive look machine major manufactured mechanical metal miles modern needed neolithic Newton nineteenth century nuclear paddle painted paper papyrus parachute patent possible problem produced propeller pump radio real tennis rocket round rubber scientists screw ships slide rule smallpox speed steam engine stone submarine successful Sudoku surface technique telescope took torpedo Trevor Baylis tube turned twentieth century Watt wheel William wire wooden