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    What's the greatest invention of all time?

    What you think about it? I think its production of electric city from soil.

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    thats a tough question...but i guess internet would be my top choice

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    mankind. oh, waith.. thats not really an invention - or is it...?
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    The stone axe

    Without that no inventions would have been possible, even the wheel

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    Quote Originally Posted by rypher21 View Post
    thats a tough question...but i guess internet would be my top choice
    since my job is web-based, i agree with this!

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    internet... No doubt

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    language or the wheel boot
    I can't decide
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    Really hard to decide.

    Depends on how you define, "greatest".


    Off the top of my head I'm thinking,

    - The telescope
    - The car
    - The airplane
    - The printing press
    - The Internet
    - The atomic bomb
    - The gun
    - The radio
    - Television
    - Stone tools (as Rob said)
    - Vaccination
    - Art !
    - Philosophy (the ones that make sense, that is)
    - Music
    - Law


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    - The camera!

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    - Science!

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    It's odd. I think the big ones always ride a line between invention and discovery in my mind.

    Would math be a discovery or because it can only ever be discussed in invented symbols would we call it an invention?
    Tools/wheels - conversion and focus of energy. Invention or discovery?

    That's why I vote wheel boot, I don't confuse myself with abstractions when it comes to wheel boots!
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    Interesting, BLZ.

    Quote Originally Posted by BLZ
    Would math be a discovery or because it can only ever be discussed in invented symbols would we call it an invention?
    Invention.

    We didn't go out there and find math.


    Tools/wheels - conversion and focus of energy. Invention or discovery?
    Well, energy and force make up our universe. But meanwhile the invention of the tools allow us to exploit energy and force as we need it.

    So for me, I'd say there's a discovery of electricity, but an invention of lightbulbs.

    Or a discovery of fire but the invention of matches.

    And yes, the sulphur on the match head was a discovery from nature. But after examining it, and learning it's properties, some humans eventually modified it into a more useful form and that creation was the invention.


    I guess you could say they go hand in hand then; Discoveries and inventions.

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    Internet!

    I'm still amazed how it works.

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    We didn't need to go find math, it's in everything. We just needed to craft a way to discuss it.

    The wheel/circle/sphere is so fundamental, I assert that it would have been "invented" at some point, no matter what. This inevitability frames it as more of a discovery in my mind.
    A log is both a piece of tree and a type of wheel depending on perspective. When you see it as a wheel, do you really get to say you "invented" it?

    Wheel boots and toast my man...much less confusing!
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    In the last century, the transistor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug G View Post
    In the last century, the transistor.
    The valves/tubes that they replaced was a more significant invention. Transistors just made the circuits smaller (and microchips made them even smaller).
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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall View Post
    The valves/tubes that they replaced was a more significant invention. Transistors just made the circuits smaller (and microchips made them even smaller).
    I don't agree (obviously) Without the invention of semiconductors, we'd never have space travel, satellites, PC's, Internet, digital cameras and all the other technology that would be physically impossible to implement without the invention of the transistor, and subsequently IC's and microprocessors.

    I read a sci-fi story years ago, written in the 30's, describing a fictional interstellar spaceship. The craft was over 5 miles long, and 2/3 of that was the size of the computer that was necessary to navigate in space. The writer had to imagine a vacuum-tube implementation, and did the best he could with the knowledge of the time.
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    agriculture, cattle breeding, fire (the way to make it when needed)

    And before those, probably there were other discoveries/inventions as well, without we would still be cave men

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    For me I think the all time greatest invention for me are:
    internet
    computer
    telephone
    electricity

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanReese View Post
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    I know I could google for it, but since you brought it up... what's a bedazzler?
    And how do you pronounce it? Be-dazzler? Or bed-azzler?


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