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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718 250
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

3
813 168
Electric Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Electric Lights

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846 94
Written Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Written Language

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777 144
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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669 202
Mathmatics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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569 108
Clean Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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449 176
The Printing Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Printing Press

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573 207
Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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440 59
Tools is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Tools

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356 123
Engine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Engine

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430 148
Telephone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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382 95
Food Preservation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Food Preservation

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344 82
Toilet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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374 124
World Wide Web is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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315 241
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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278 173
Culture is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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246 129
Jet Engines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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320 46
Books is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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313 29
Wheel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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286 88
The Compass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Compass

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353 83
Antibiotics is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Antibiotics

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205 128
Petrol Engine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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169 74
Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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192 101
Electric Locomotive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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253 115
Clothing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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260 86
The Battery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
The Battery

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180 102
Laws is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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165 107
Helicopter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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205 55
Radio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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277 144
Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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239 55
Lens (Optics) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Lens (Optics)

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225 90
Television is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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200 86
Physics is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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247 122
Bike is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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149 97
Diesel Engine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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136 122
Tram is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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155 165
Currency is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Currency

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146 53
Trade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Trade

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187 64
Steel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Steel

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213 136
Entertainment is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Entertainment

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167 68
Recorded Music is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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133 119
Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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153 102
Airbag is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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34 22
Bike is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Bike

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164 62
Electron Microscope is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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108 100
Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
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90 33
Shipping is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?

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157 92
Rechargable Battery is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Rechargable Battery

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128 67
Transistors is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is Mankind's Greatest Invention?
Transistors