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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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586 203
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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678 146
Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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712 77
Written Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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679 133
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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593 175
Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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483 92
Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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399 143
The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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499 176
Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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356 53
Tools is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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307 103
Engine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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379 128
Telephone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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324 86
Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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283 67
Toilet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Famous Schizophrenics

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317 100
World Wide Web is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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254 39
Books is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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246 19
Wheel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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277 215
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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247 149
Culture is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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246 76
The Compass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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212 114
Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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304 72
Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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223 71
The Battery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Battery

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180 107
Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Amicus73 added Petrol Engine

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163 86
Electric Locomotive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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132 59
Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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208 103
Clothing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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173 45
Radio is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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144 83
Laws is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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202 48
Lens (Optics) is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Lens (Optics)

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138 94
Helicopter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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186 78
Television is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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163 75
Physics is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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235 132
Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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128 85
Diesel Engine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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Fun Jobs That Pay Well

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114 45
Trade is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Trade

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222 107
Bike is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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128 140
Currency is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Currency

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118 103
Tram is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Amicus73 added Tram

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160 58
Steel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Steel

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129 90
Airbag is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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141 55
Recorded Music is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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92 85
Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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136 56
Electron Microscope is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Amicus73 added Electron Microscope

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186 127
Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Entertainment

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115 99
Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Amicus73 added Motorcycle

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13 7
Bike is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Bike

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72 27
Shipping is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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109 61
Transistors is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Transistors

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129 89
Rechargable Battery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Rechargable Battery