thought provoking What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?  

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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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641 223
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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731 155
Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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764 85
Written Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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715 142
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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621 193
Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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520 102
Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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415 163
The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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528 192
Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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392 55
Tools is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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327 115
Engine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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401 139
Telephone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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347 91
Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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340 111
World Wide Web is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
sebbzor added World Wide Web

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305 73
Toilet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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292 226
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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258 156
Culture is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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226 119
Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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261 81
The Compass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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277 42
Books is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
DECA_Kerstin added Books

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269 24
Wheel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
slaft added Wheel

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324 75
Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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189 116
Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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146 63
Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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175 89
Electric Locomotive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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241 76
The Battery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Battery

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229 105
Clothing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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155 89
Laws is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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146 98
Helicopter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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187 47
Radio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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216 49
Lens (Optics) is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Lens (Optics)

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251 137
Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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199 83
Television is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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178 76
Physics is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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233 113
Bike is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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136 90
Diesel Engine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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126 110
Tram is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Amicus73 added Tram

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135 151
Currency is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Currency

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125 48
Trade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Trade

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171 59
Steel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Steel

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152 58
Recorded Music is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
looksharp added Recorded Music

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197 131
Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Entertainment

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122 106
Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Amicus73 added Motorcycle

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100 89
Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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137 95
Airbag is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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146 58
Electron Microscope is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Amicus73 added Electron Microscope

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21 13
Bike is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Bike

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77 30
Shipping is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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116 63
Transistors is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Transistors

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137 91
Rechargable Battery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Rechargable Battery