It’s impressive to see how much we can achieve in a decade, leave alone a century. Every other year an epic genius develops a groundbreaking invention that improves our lives. However, there are those inventions that alter the way human beings live, and they make the world more exciting and more comfortable to live. Here are five discoveries that changed nature’s course.
Invented In: Around 3500 BC
The wheel is the OG of engineering spectacles that led to countless other inventions. The first wheel is traced back to ancient Mesopotamia. Although the earliest symmetrical component moving on an axis (the wheel) was primitive, it has grown to be one of the greatest humankind inventions ever.
The wheel has made traveling possible, facilitated farming, and led to the discovery of grand discoveries like vehicles and clocks.
Inventor: Michael Faraday
Invented In: 1831
The idea of electricity had been known to the ancient Greeks. However, it was not until Faraday developed the dynamo that human beings could build up practical uses of electricity. A dynamo is like the grandfather of generators as it converts mechanical energy to electric power.
The dynamo uses electromagnetism to make direct current that we use to power plants, run businesses, and manage households. Imagine how life would have been without electricity and you’ll get to appreciate that Faraday thought of making the electric dynamo.
The Steam Engine
Inventor: James Watt
Invented In: 1969
Before the discovery of the steam engine, most industrial products were made by hand, which means that there wasn’t much industrialization going on. Draft animals and water wheels offered limited industrial power. The idea of the steam engine was developed over time, but two improvements made it possible.
The first one was by Thomas Newcomen in 1712, who first harnessed the power for use in a mine. The second was by James Watt in 1769. James added a separate condenser that significantly increased the steam engine’s power and made it a more practical way to work. He also made the motor to rotate, which increased its efficiency. That is why Watt is considered the steam engine’s inventor. It’s the steam engine’s invention that gave rise to aircraft, cars and jet turbines.
Inventor: Homo Erectus
Invented In: Ancient Times
Although fire is a natural occurrence, its discovery marked a revolution in human life. The controlled use of fire helps us to prepare tasty meals. Also, the biography of several landscapes was altered by fire. Ancient people would make fire from natural resources, but later man developed ways of making fire artificially.
Evidence of cooked food goes back to 1.9 million years ago. Fire is used in industrial processes, agriculture, cooking cremation, generating heat and as a tool for destruction.
Inventor: Charles Babbage
Invented In: Between 1833 and 1871
Alan Turing first coined the principal used in modern computers. The first mechanical computer was created in the early 19th century. The invention has had a more significant impact than you can imagine.
The invention of the computer led to the accomplishment of modern medical equipment, high-performance military aircraft, cars, power plants, mobile phones, the launching of spaceships, and several other inventions.