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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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451 159
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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545 108
Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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549 57
Written Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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577 113
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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496 140
Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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379 68
Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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319 105
The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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418 139
Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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273 40
Tools is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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249 78
Engine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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314 109
Telephone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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261 65
Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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231 81
World Wide Web is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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238 180
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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207 49
Toilet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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205 121
Culture is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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182 27
Books 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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179 87
Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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190 89
Bike is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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195 61
The Compass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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246 58
Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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161 80
Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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190 52
The Battery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Battery

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141 64
Electric Locomotive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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100 39
Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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173 82
Clothing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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146 32
Radio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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111 60
Laws is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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122 75
Helicopter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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161 60
Television is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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117 65
Diesel Engine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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210 118
Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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166 41
Lens (Optics) is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Lens (Optics)

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135 58
Physics is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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88 32
Trade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Trade

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103 87
Tram is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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104 121
Currency is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Currency

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83 67
Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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132 50
Steel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Steel

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113 75
Airbag is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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116 45
Electron Microscope is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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105 80
Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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113 45
Recorded Music is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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163 116
Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Entertainment

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55 16
Shipping is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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92 48
Transistors is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Transistors

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98 49
The Telegraph is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Telegraph

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110 76
Rechargable Battery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Rechargable Battery