13 Inventions That Changed The World

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Here are 10 inventions that changed the world as we know it.

1. The Wheel

the-wheel

Before the invention of the wheel humans where severely limited in how they could transport from once place to another. The wheel is thought to have been invented around 3500BC.

2. The Nail

the nail

Some 2000 years ago we perfected the art of casting iron. This allowed for the easy construction of buildings and wooden structures.

3. The Compass

compass

Essential for travel, it is thought that the Chinese invented the first ever compass, sometime between the 9th and 11th century. Before this travellers relied purely upon the stars for navigation.

4. The Printing Press

printing press

The German Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press around 1440. This changed the world by allowing books to be cheaply printed and given to poorer communities who would otherwise have no access.

5. Internal Combustion Engine

combustion

This enabled for high powered machinery such as cars and aircraft.

6. The Telephone

telephone

Alexander Graham Bell was the first to be awarded a patent for the electric telephone in 1876.

7. The Light Bulb

light bulb

Thomas Edison is credited as the primary inventor, after creating the first fully function setup in 1879.

8. Refrigeration

refrigerator

There is no single inventor as the concept of refrigeration was around for a long time, and over time refrigerators improved.

9. GPS

gps

Since its development in 1978, it is now used world wide in boats, cars and aircraft.

10. The Internet

the internet

What you are currently using. Welcome to the World Wide Web.

11. The Walkman

walkman

In 1979 sony developed the walkman, a mobile personal music device. Thanks to apple we now have the iPod.

12. The Bar Code

barcode

Norman Woodland first developed an early form of the bar code in 1949. It can now be found literally everywhere, around the world.

13. Social Networking

social networking

Not much needs to be said about this. Social networking has undoubtably changed the world today.