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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770 274
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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962 97
Written Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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895 187
Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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857 148
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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723 224
Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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645 121
Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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494 194
The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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635 226
Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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511 61
Tools is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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399 134
Engine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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431 102
Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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469 159
Telephone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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393 93
Toilet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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361 52
Books is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Internet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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367 30
Wheel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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313 96
The Compass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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

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264 149
Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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258 136
Bike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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406 85
Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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192 84
Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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219 145
Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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