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Major Inventions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tesla, 5 Feb 2006.

  1. Tesla

    Capodecina

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    Whilst making a sandwich 15minutes or so ago I was thinking of major inventions.

    A few which immediately came to me...

    Lightbulb
    TV
    Telephone
    Computer

    It then dawned on me that I couldn't think of any real great inventions from say the last 20years.

    Lots of discoveries have been made, scientific, mathematical and technological but no real NEW inventions, just improvements to old ones (mobile phones).

    What inventions do you think changed the modern world?

    Any you can think of from recent times?
     
  2. KaHn

    Capodecina

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    Last 20 years.

    Mobile Phones?

    MRI

    Will think of more.

    KaHn

    /edit:-

    Of all time,

    Anti bacterial stuff (soap)

    IC engine

    Gas Turbine

    Nuclear bomb (good or bad it has lead to alot more work)
     
  3. Mic

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    the inter web
     
  4. loopylou

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    Trainers with air bubbles!
     
  5. Kerplunk

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    hdtv
     
  6. Mr_L

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    DVD
     
  7. loopylou

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    Of all time? Surly it must be the wheel.
     
  8. Tesla

    Capodecina

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    HDTV and DVD are just improvements on older technologies though.
     
  9. Kerplunk

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    Read the thread ;)
     
  10. Kerplunk

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    Still 'inventions' though
     
  11. Tesla

    Capodecina

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    I did say the modern world to avoid things like the wheel and loo.
     
  12. Tesla

    Capodecina

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    I disagree, I think the CD was an invention, but the DVD an improved version.
     
  13. loopylou

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    Somebody else mentioned their best of all times, was just adding my $0.02.

    Wireless networking, CD's and DVD's, eeeeeerrr can't think of anymore.
     
  14. loopylou

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    alright, sorry mate.
     
  15. Kerplunk

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    But if its using new technology, surely it has to be created, invented? :confused:
     
  16. Messiah Khan

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    Transistors
    Computers
    Wheel
    IC engine
    Planes
     
  17. Kerplunk

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    :eek:
     
  18. decmatt

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    Got to be the computer, the world would be no where near advanced without it
     
  19. DRZ

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    Electricity is perhaps the most important discovery(/invention, in terms of its generation and storage) ever. Without it, we wouldnt be 1/10th as advanced as we are now.
     
  20. Ricochet J

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    Pulley system
    Without it the Egyptions wouldn't have thier pyramids
    The Chinese wouldn't have thier great wall
    The English wouldn't have thier Big Ben