Most Important Inventions Throughout History

Inventions have changed the world and the lives of people many times through history, but which inventions are most important? ListWoo gives you what the world thinks is the Top Ten most significant inventions of man.

Scientists and inventors have made significant contributions to the lives of the common people throughout history. Sometimes through dedicated research, other times through neccessity and still other times by accident. An interesting fact is that war seem to speed up the pace of new inventions. Some inventions make a bigger impact on the public than others, and some inventions quickly become part of everyday life, but which ones are the most important? ListWoo shows what people around the world thinks and gives you the opportunity to let your voice be heard.

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    The Internet

    Vinton G. Cerf founded the InterNetworking Group in 1972 and this has since been recognised as the birthyear of the Internet. Thoughts behind the Internet can be traced back as far as the end of World War II, though.

  • 2nd


    Developed in the 18th and 19th centuries by a long row of inventors and scientists who each contributed with their own piece of what is modern day electrical technology.

  • 3rd

    The Computer

    The earliest computers were developed during World War II for processing ballistic numbers and numeric analytics, but the thought of having machines calculate difficult mathematics can be traced back to England in the years around 1800.

  • 4th

    The Light Bulb

    The road to the cost effective, long-lasting and practical light source starts in the early 1800's, but the essential breakthrough came about in 1879 and is largely credited the famous inventor Thomas A. Edison.

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    The man behind enabling people to communicate to each other at long distances, is the Scottish engineer Alexander Graham Bell who patented his telephone in 1876.

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    First Perfected By The Wright Brothers In 1903, It Has Allowed The Entire World To Become Next Door.

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    The Wheel

    Used both for transportation and as the basic principle for most mechanized systems ever built. The Wheel is thought to have first appeared in Mesopotamia around 3500 BC.

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    Invention of penicillin is credited Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming in 1928, when he discovered that certain mold could kill bacteria.

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    The Printing Press

    Developed by Johann Gutenberg in the 1440's the printing press enabled mass production of the written word.

  • 10th

    Nuclear Energy

    From the 1895 experiments of ionising radiation to produce X-rays by Wilhelm Rontgen, through Pierre and Marie Curie's "invention" of radioactivity to the development of nuclear fission during World War II, nuclear energy has had a widespread effect on multiple areas throughout the world.

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    The Screw

    A helical thread wrapped around a cylinder converts rotary to linear motion and amplifies torque into axial force. Invented in Greece around 400 BCE, screws are fundamental components of mechanical advantage in almost every machine or apparatus.
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    The thing that separates man from animal
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    Steam Engine

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    Known and used for both fireworks and firearms by the Chinese as far back as 1000 BC.

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    Wireless signal transmission was widely experimented on during the 1800's, and so many scientists contributed that the actual inventor of modern radio cannot be decisively named.

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    The addition of impurities to modify the electrical properties of pure semiconductor elements, forming P- and N-type materials, enabled the invention of the modern diode, transistor, and integrated circuit.
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    Haber Process

    A process to create ammonia from hydrogen gas and nitrogen gas. It is estimated that the fertilizer made from the ammonia created by this method feeds a third of the earths population.

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