10 Inventions that Changed History!

Sep 12, 2022

By Adrija Sen

The world as we know it wouldn't be the same without the maverick inventions of humanity! These breakthroughs in creativity and genius have helped create the world around us today. Are you ready to dive into some of these inventions?  Tap to find out!

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Stone Tools

Without stone tools, human invention would not have started. The Early Stone Age began with the most basic stone implements made by early humans. Stone tools also reveal evidence and information about how the human brain evolved for complex reasoning.

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Approx 2.6 million years ago

The Wheel

Often called the most important invention for humans, researchers believe that the wheel first appeared in classical Greece around the 4th century B.C.E.Thanks to the wheel humanity was able to take strides, quite literally. In a world without it, we would still be walking everywhere!

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Approx 3500 BC

The Compass

Just like the mighty wheel, the compass is a prime instrument used for navigation. Its invention and widespread usage led to the possibility of early human exploration. Chinese scientists were most likely the first to develop compasses, as early as the 11th or 12th century.

11th-12th century

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The Printing Press

Goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg’s innovation changed human society, in a different way than most other inventions. The printing press enabled us to share knowledge quickly and widely, shaping the evolution of modern society and thought like never before.

1440 AD

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The Steam Engine

Englishman Thomas Savery’s invention, the steam engine, turned heat into motion, resulting in fuel being used for hectic tasks that would have earlier required massive manpower. This meant more power to travel farther, build faster, and advance farther in all directions.

1698 AD

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While many scientists had a part to play, Benjamin Franklin is mostly credited with discovering electricity. The first practical application was the invention of the electric dynamo by Michael Faraday in the year 1831. Thanks to these inventors, electricity is an essential part of our life.

1831 AD

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The Daguerreotype

The daguerreotype is the predecessor of the camera and is the first commercially successful photographic process. Each daguerreotype is a highly detailed image on a silvered copper plate. It was named after the inventor Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerreused and was used between 1839 and 1860.

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1839 AD

The Nail

Did you know that nails originated in Ancient Egypt? They crafted nails of bronze around 3400 BC but the modern nail was first patented in America in 1795. As humble as it is, buildings, offices, and our homes would not exist without this nifty invention.

1795 AD

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The Lightbulb

Let there be light! And nightlife! Without the lightbulb, we would not have a life after sundown.  Although Humphry Davy invented the first electric light in 1802, US inventor Thomas Edison is credited with creating the solution in 1879, with the carbon filament light bulb.

1879 AD

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