What do you think was the most important invention of all time?

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  1. CloudExplorer profile image78
    CloudExplorerposted 12 years ago

    What do you think was the most important invention of all time?

    Name what you believe is the most important invention ever known to man, and if you can also try to name the genius inventor for such a miraculous creation.

    (Technological Inventions Only)

  2. georgethegent profile image60
    georgethegentposted 12 years ago

    Electricity is more of a discovery than an invention I know but Thales of Miletus, a Greek philosopher found that if he rubbed cloth with a piece of amber it would generate static electricity, and if he hadn't done that, how long would it have taken to invent the T.V or the 'puter for that matter???

  3. Brandon E Newman profile image64
    Brandon E Newmanposted 12 years ago

    The vacuum tube valve is significant, along with semiconductor tech.(transistors) Without diodes, capacitors, and resistors, we would have no electronic gadgets. Tesla's A/C power grid may be the most life-changing invention of all time.

  4. profile image53
    writerspowerposted 12 years ago

    The invention of Transistor in 1947 was the most important invention of all time. The scientists that were responsible for the 1947 invention of the transistor were: John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley.
    Computers, Mobile Phones, iPhones and all other electronic gadgets used by us and Automation in industries became a reality after the invention of Transistor, the core item in everything developed in electronics till today.

    Subodh Sarkar

  5. Silwen profile image78
    Silwenposted 12 years ago

    I think that the greatest inventions was the transistor. I would like to agree that the electricity is more important, but the discovery of transistor lead humanity to such a fast progress, that it is sometimes very hard to believe, that thing like that are possible. Obviously, the transistor is the most important.

  6. swb64 profile image60
    swb64posted 12 years ago

    A PC is being put together based on Charles Baggage's design, at the time they didn't have the technology to manufacture what he asked for - and folks accused him of being 'mad' but the invention, we would struggle to do all this without a satellite, but then its getting it into space, and then its the designs of it, and then its all those 'chips' and then... so it must be Frank Whittle's Jet Engine.

  7. Goatus OQueef profile image60
    Goatus OQueefposted 12 years ago

    Computers would be the obvious answer (Electricity is more of a phenomenon, which was discovered and manipulated via other inventions)

    Spectroscopy is quite important, particularly Doppler spectroscopy (named after the physicist Christian Doppler who discovered the Doppler effect - the phenomena that the spectroscopic method utilises).
    The Doppler effect is where the wavelength of a sound changes because of the movement of an object. This spectroscopic method has helped locate most of the extrasolar planets we have found, and may help us to find more 'earth-like' planets.

    Or the Snuggie. It's like an artificial cuddle.

  8. Zainnisar profile image42
    Zainnisarposted 12 years ago

    Their is no denying on impact of electricity on our lives and true its most influential modern technology as well but, 
    Its the Wheel which was invented in 4000 BC which truly revolutionized human live and is still in use and we are benefited by it every day.

  9. A-Jaqoob profile image60
    A-Jaqoobposted 12 years ago

    the  telephone  by Alexander Graham Bell

  10. BakerRambles profile image72
    BakerRamblesposted 12 years ago

    The iPad, by Steve Jobs

  11. TXJ137 profile image60
    TXJ137posted 12 years ago

    I'd say music. It means more to more people around the world than any other single invention. It represents emotion, healing, strength and culture. Music transcends all boundries that other man-made inventions can not.

  12. prettylittlewhims profile image61
    prettylittlewhimsposted 12 years ago

    computers...it's easier to communicate with each other no matter where you are:D With video calls, you won't have to be so homesick.

    Trivia: Even some prison have computers with inmates given 3 minutes to make video calls to their family:D the wonders of technology!

  13. Grime Remix profile image60
    Grime Remixposted 12 years ago

    I actually looked down a list of inventions to figure this one out and Calculus stuck out the most.  Invented by Sir Isaac Newton.  Without Calculus modern engineering would probably not exist the way we enjoy it today.

  14. SidKemp profile image85
    SidKempposted 12 years ago

    As someone suggested, music is a good choice.

    Language is another possibility.

    Would we have any of the other inventions listed here without language?

  15. Aley Martin profile image66
    Aley Martinposted 12 years ago

    Guttenberg Press. Revolutionized the world by bringing information to the masses, and eventually gave us newspapers, books and pf course, led to the Internet.

  16. engelfantasydream profile image59
    engelfantasydreamposted 12 years ago

    electricity..then computers..without electricity..all other inventions of great brilliant minds is non existant..lolss..how can u use pc,phone,t.v etc without electricity...smile

  17. MickS profile image61
    MickSposted 12 years ago

    Probably the plough, or the stirup that allowed archers to stay in the saddle whilst letting fly with their arrows.  What is your definition of 'technoligical'?   All inventions of a mechanical nature (tools, etc) reflect the technology of the time.

  18. cabmgmnt profile image85
    cabmgmntposted 12 years ago

    The wheel. Without the wheel, I doubt that we could have progressed as quickly and moved onto to other inventions without it. It moved us to places more quickly and  readily and put us into contact with other civilizations which may have pushed our creativity and helped us to reach new heights.

  19. creativebutterfly profile image62
    creativebutterflyposted 12 years ago

    My grandmother thought the best invention was the tumble dryer....

  20. dadibobs profile image60
    dadibobsposted 12 years ago

    I would say the best invention is organised healthcare, without it half of the people on here wouldn't be smile

  21. terrektwo profile image81
    terrektwoposted 12 years ago

    The clock. The most important of "all time."

  22. profile image0
    writeronlineposted 12 years ago

    I'm sticking with the wheel. Seems low-tech by today's standards, but it did revolutionise the then world (awful pun, sorry....)

  23. ergenzinger profile image60
    ergenzingerposted 12 years ago

    Antibiotics.  Before antibiotics, infection and disease were major threats for which we had little protection. An otherwise recoverable injury might result in death if infection set in. With antibiotics, we have removed most of the fear of dying from a minor injury or infection.

  24. agvulpes profile image85
    agvulpesposted 11 years ago

    With all due respects to the 'wheel' and the 'transistor'  surely the best invention would have to be 'sliced bread'.
    Where would we be without the saying?

  25. hotwebideas profile image63
    hotwebideasposted 11 years ago

    As a musician, I have to say the tape recorder. Any device or media that can capture sound or vision for later consumption is amazing!

  26. mikejhca profile image93
    mikejhcaposted 11 years ago

    The most important invention I can think of was steel.  People learned how to make steel and after making a lot of weapons they started using it for other things.  I don't know if that counts as a technological invention so I will also say the computer.  Computers are used almost everywhere now and they are often used to help people create other inventions.  Without computers we would not have a lot of the technology that we have today.

  27. cydro profile image78
    cydroposted 11 years ago

    The telescope, from which we could infer the universe does not revolve around us.  What other invention has humbled us so much?


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