What discovery in the last 100 years has been most beneficial for people?
Penicillin was certainly a breakthrough drug. However, refrigeration has had a greater impact on general health, and coincided with decreased mortality due to stomach cancer.
Sorry, the fridge is much older than the 100 years, seriously worked on in the mid 19th c, the refrigeration coil was invented by an arab in the 11th c.
There is a HUGE difference in the coil and the refrigeration that was invented in 1915.
Doesn't matter, the first serious work in refigeration took place in the mid 19c. We always need previous work, nothing is invented in a vacuum.
Antibiotics if based on the increase in life expectancy, which only rivals the benefits of mass sanitation (clean water, sewage treatment)
If on the number of lives saved, Norman Borlaug's discovery of shuttle breeding and advanced plant breeding yielded the "green revolution" that doubled and tripled food yields. Because of his work, we're able to feed seven billion people.
The thermos. It keeps hot liquids hot & cold liquids cold. How does it know?
Modern Psychology. By this, I refer to the wide spectrum of discoveries and 'recoveries' that make up the huge panorama of what we're now beginning to realize make up a human being. This includes the body, mind and soul. For now we are beginning to realize that the mind affects the body and the body the mind, and that the soul - or real self - is in charge of the trio.
Abraham's Maslow's Pyramid of Human Needs is beginning to be more widely intrepreted and understood, as are the great works of people such as Roberto Assagioli and Carl Gustav Jung.
We are now re-discovering to a large degree knowledge which was known to many of the 'sages of old,' such as the people who scribed the earlier holy scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita, for example.
Yes, to my mind, Psychology is the most beneficial 'discovery' in the past 100 years.
antibiotics in general have saved countless people, before antibiotics people died of infections all the time. Imagine how much better the 'hospitals' of the American civil war would have been had there been antibiotics to treat the wounded.
Fleming's discovery of penicillin..............................................................
How about the internet? This has enabled worldwide communication and globalisation of culture to expand dramatically. Perhaps the full benefits have not become clear yet, but the growth of intercultural understanding and tolerance of different peoples from different backgrounds can only be a good thing.
My parents would say that the least beneficial has been the cellphone, in terms of breaking down social interactions (although I accept that it is more invention than discovery).
The most beneficial, I think, is the power of the media and social networks in advancing humanitarian causes.
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