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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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Medicine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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487 178
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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582 124
Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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588 66
Written Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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607 118
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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526 148
Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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407 74
Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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342 114
The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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437 154
Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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300 41
Tools is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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263 89
Engine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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333 117
Telephone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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276 72
Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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248 90
World Wide Web is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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252 190
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Books is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Culture is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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226 58
Toilet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Wheel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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189 96
Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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216 63
The Compass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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202 97
Bike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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265 62
Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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167 90
Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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196 58
The Battery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Battery

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148 71
Electric Locomotive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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110 46
Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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183 87
Clothing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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120 63
Laws is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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153 37
Radio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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125 82
Helicopter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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178 43
Lens (Optics) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Lens (Optics)

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218 122
Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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165 69
Television is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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146 62
Physics is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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120 72
Diesel Engine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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100 34
Trade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Trade

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116 123
Currency is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Currency

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107 93
Tram is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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142 53
Steel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Steel

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85 74
Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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117 81
Airbag is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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123 49
Electron Microscope is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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120 49
Recorded Music is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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169 121
Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Entertainment

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106 89
Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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61 18
Shipping is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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98 51
Transistors is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Transistors

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103 52
The Telegraph is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Telegraph

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112 83
Rechargable Battery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Rechargable Battery