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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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546 191
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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637 135
Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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661 71
Written Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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644 123
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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560 162
Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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449 82
Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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372 127
The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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471 160
Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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326 44
Tools is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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283 94
Engine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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353 122
Telephone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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300 75
Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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281 94
World Wide Web is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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265 198
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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253 62
Toilet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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227 34
Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Wheel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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227 137
Culture is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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225 67
The Compass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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197 102
Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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285 64
Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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207 61
The Battery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Battery

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172 96
Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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153 76
Electric Locomotive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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118 51
Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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191 94
Clothing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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160 39
Radio is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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132 72
Laws is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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130 85
Helicopter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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187 44
Lens (Optics) is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Lens (Optics)

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155 66
Physics is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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172 72
Television is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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224 126
Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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123 76
Diesel Engine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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107 36
Trade is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Trade

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120 129
Currency is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Currency

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111 96
Tram is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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148 55
Steel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Steel

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209 102
Bike is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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122 83
Airbag is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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86 80
Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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130 51
Recorded Music is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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176 122
Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Entertainment

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125 53
Electron Microscope is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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109 92
Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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102 53
Transistors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Transistors

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65 22
Shipping is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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106 55
The Telegraph is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Telegraph

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4 3
Bike is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Bike