U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Happy Easter!
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-19-2010, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Vietnam
84 posts, read 151,937 times
Reputation: 71

Advertisements

- What invention do you think is the most important? And how come?

Best wishes,

SakuraNam
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-19-2010, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
26,346 posts, read 80,739,113 times
Reputation: 17410
The cup?
The wheel?
Viagra?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Hialeah
809 posts, read 1,963,680 times
Reputation: 351
To me it's the automobile. It just revolutionized everything; travel, leisure, work, etc.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
1,393 posts, read 6,905,878 times
Reputation: 1010
movable type / printing press (Guttenburg I believe)

prior to this knowledge was handed down by word of mouth.
Books were hand written and very few and far between...unavailable to all but a very select few people of importance.

A knowledge explosion quickly followed. EVERYTHING we take for granted followed that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 10:15 AM
 
15,924 posts, read 16,847,914 times
Reputation: 7619
Intercontinental air travel
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 10:17 AM
 
26,867 posts, read 38,123,724 times
Reputation: 34804
Weapons for hunting. Without them I doubt we would have survived long enough to become what we are.

Then agriculture. It allowed man to stay in one place and create societies that were (more or less) stable.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 10:17 AM
 
3,065 posts, read 3,693,245 times
Reputation: 2695
I'm going to go with the polio vaccine. Had it not been invented, society itself would have crumbled.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 11:12 AM
 
3,651 posts, read 8,111,745 times
Reputation: 2747
The wheel, tools, and printing press are typically the answers "experts" give, from what I hear. And I'd have to say they should make the short list. The lever and pulley are also up there. Missiles (you could include arrows in there), dynamite (and its successors), various medical discoveries (germs, vaccines etc) are also huge. More recently, the radio, car, TV, and computers for sure. All had huge huge impacts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: New England
914 posts, read 1,535,911 times
Reputation: 925
Quote:
Originally Posted by SakuraNam View Post
- What invention do you think is the most important? And how come?

Best wishes,

SakuraNam

The internet and divorce.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2010, 11:40 AM
 
32,538 posts, read 29,319,241 times
Reputation: 32238
The slide rule.

And the plastic pocket protector.

They got us to the moon.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top