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List Rules Most innovative and groundbreaking inventions and discoveries in history

What is mankind's greatest invention? This list includes some of the most innovative, ground breaking inventions ever. Each invention listed here in some way changed history, altering the way we live our lives. Some inventions, like medicine, help to extend our lives and others, like the wheel, changed the way we get around, transport goods and just generally do anything. Which of mankind's inventions do you believe is the most important? Time to vote, and be sure to rerank this list in any order you like.

The most famous inventors in history have made contributions that stand the test of time. From electricity to fire to telephones, mankind's greatest inventions and discoveries help define who we are today. Can any of you argue that the computer is not one of the most notable inventions ever? Certainly not, given that the computer is how many of you are reading this list right now. Of course, everyone at one time or another has an idea for a new invention.

Sometimes inventors with the best of intentions wind up foiled by their own creations. And, in case you think all great inventions were created by men, think again: This list of history's most under-appreciated female inventors will set you straight.
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Computer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Medicine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Written Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Engine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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Tools is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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Telephone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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World Wide Web is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Culture is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Bike is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Bike

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Toilet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Toilet

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Wheel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Books is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Books

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The Compass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Petrol Engine

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The Battery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Battery

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Electric Locomotive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Locomotive

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Clothing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Automobiles

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Radio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Radio

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Helicopter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Television is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Television

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Laws is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Diesel Engine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Diesel Engine

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Physics is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Lens (Optics) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Lens (Optics)

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Tram is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tram

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Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Dynamo

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Steel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Steel

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Airbag is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Airbag

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Currency is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Currency

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Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Motorcycle

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Trade is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Trade

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Electron Microscope is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electron Microscope

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Recorded Music is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Recorded Music

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Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Entertainment

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Transistors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Transistors

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Shipping is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Rechargable Battery is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Rechargable Battery

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The Telegraph is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Telegraph