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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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471 170
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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568 115
Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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566 63
Written Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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594 115
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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511 146
Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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397 70
Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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328 113
The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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430 145
Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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289 41
Tools is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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259 83
Engine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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324 112
Telephone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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272 67
Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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243 85
World Wide Web is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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245 187
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Toilet 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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Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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210 61
The Compass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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167 13
Wheel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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199 92
Bike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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257 60
Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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165 85
Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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193 55
The Battery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Battery

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147 66
Electric Locomotive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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107 43
Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Clothing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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149 34
Radio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Laws is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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Helicopter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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164 64
Television is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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173 42
Lens (Optics) is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Lens (Optics)

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141 61
Physics is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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118 69
Diesel Engine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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93 33
Trade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Trade

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112 121
Currency is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Currency

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106 90
Tram is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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138 52
Steel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Steel

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117 75
Airbag is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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84 70
Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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118 46
Recorded Music is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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119 47
Electron Microscope is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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167 116
Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Entertainment

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106 83
Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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58 17
Shipping is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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95 49
Transistors is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Transistors

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100 50
The Telegraph is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Telegraph

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110 78
Rechargable Battery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Rechargable Battery