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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710 249
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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808 165
Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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837 93
Written Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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770 143
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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665 200
Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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566 105
Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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448 172
The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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566 205
Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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434 58
Tools is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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354 119
Engine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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427 145
Telephone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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378 93
Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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342 79
Toilet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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370 123
World Wide Web is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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310 237
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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275 167
Culture is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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243 124
Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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312 43
Books is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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284 84
The Compass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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307 27
Wheel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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348 79
Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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203 123
Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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167 69
Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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189 96
Electric Locomotive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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250 111
Clothing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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258 81
The Battery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Battery

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177 97
Laws is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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161 104
Helicopter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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203 51
Radio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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275 140
Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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236 52
Lens (Optics) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Lens (Optics)

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222 87
Television is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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197 82
Physics is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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245 119
Bike is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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147 94
Diesel Engine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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134 119
Tram is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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152 162
Currency is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Currency

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142 52
Trade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Trade

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185 61
Steel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Steel

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210 135
Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Entertainment

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131 115
Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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165 66
Recorded Music is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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152 98
Airbag is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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164 59
Electron Microscope is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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108 96
Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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32 19
Bike is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Bike

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89 31
Shipping is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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155 91
Rechargable Battery is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Rechargable Battery

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127 65
Transistors is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Transistors