Notable Inventions that Came to Redefine Our World

Dec 03, 2019 Kayode Oseh

Right from the very beginning when all lives first appeared on earth, mankind have since then been scouting for ways in which the world would become a better place and be able to foster standard living. From the very first moment when someone bashed a rock on the ground to make the very first sharp-edge tool, quite a lot of things have been invented all of which are particularly revolutionary -making our survival on earth stress free and meaningful.

Below are our best pick of thing that have actually come to change our world.

The wheel


Transportation is almost as important as life itself. The invention of the wheel is one of the most life changing invention that ever surfaced our world. Although most of us may not really appreciate this invention unless we were present around 4000 B.C. Before the invention of the wheel in 3500 B.C., humans were severely limited in how much stuff they could transport over land, and how far they could transport them. But this invention became the first touch stone of efficient transportation and the model upon which other notable inventions were made such as the clock, vehicles and turbines.

The compass


Before the invention of the compass, it was quite difficult for mariners to travel. They only relied on the sun and stars to orient themselves. Sunrise and sunset were the two major factors they depended on to tell them how close and how far they where from the equator and of which most of the time the accuracy is quite questionable. Traveling by sea during that period was surrounded with lots of limitation until the invention of the compass.

The printing press


If there is any invention that has the greatest influence on the spread of Christianity, the printing press machine should be it. If not for this invention, maybe today only the pastors and our rich folks would have access to the Holy Bible and other notable information. Before the invention of the printing press, documented information were all handwritten. The printing press permitted wider access to lots of information including the Bible. It was the major tool Martin Luther used to spark the Protestant Reformation.

The internal combustion engine


The invention of the internal combustion engine is undoubtedly a revolutionary one. If not for it, the production of vehicles, aircraft, and ships would still be a farfetched dream. Maybe by now we will still be ridding on horses and chariots as the major facilities of transportation. 

The internal combustion engine (ICE) is a heat engine where the combustion of a fuel takes place in a machine. It helps converts chemical energy in fuel into mechanical energy of the machine, thereby bring about movement. The first commercially successful internal combustion engine was created by Étienne Lenoir around 1859 and the first modern internal combustion engine was created in 1876 by Nikolaus Otto.

The telephone


If anyone had told "Alexander the Great" that someone in Egypt could communicate with someone in Macedonia, he would have ordered one of his guards to have the person's head on a spike because he would think that's witchcraft. Communication is a very important aspect of being a living thing. There is actually no living thing who don't communicate, from sessile organism (plants) down to the fastest organism (The peregrine falcon), all living things communicate in one way or the other.

The invention of telephone actually came to change our world of communication, all thanks to Graham Bell who laid the foundation. 

The Internet


The internet is a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols. The origin of the internet have actually brought lots of positive changes to our society. With this invention, we now have information at our fingertips.


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