Design Con 2015
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 6 / 10   >   >>
Parreco
User Rank
CEO
re: Greatest innovation in the world
Parreco   8/26/2011 7:15:22 PM
NO RATINGS
I'm surprised no one mentioned Viagra (just kidding). I would have to say the greatest invention was the internal combustion engine. And the most innovative timeframe was the 20th century.

GoBears84
User Rank
Rookie
re: Greatest innovation in the world
GoBears84   8/26/2011 7:09:29 PM
NO RATINGS
“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” – Dave Barry

mikewilkinson
User Rank
Rookie
re: Greatest innovation in the world
mikewilkinson   8/26/2011 5:55:50 PM
NO RATINGS
I believe most of the computer generation is about innovation and not as much invention. The greatest inventions I can think of no greater invention in the last 60 years than the transistor and integrated circuit.

mikewilkinson
User Rank
Rookie
re: Greatest innovation in the world
mikewilkinson   8/26/2011 5:54:00 PM
NO RATINGS
I have have to include 1947 and 1959 with the inventions of the transistor and integrated circuit.

W1PK
User Rank
Rookie
re: Greatest innovation in the world
W1PK   8/26/2011 5:47:59 PM
NO RATINGS
I'd say the most far-reaching invention of the last thousand years was movable type. That made publication affordable, and was probably a prerequisite to the scientific revolution. The most innovative century in technology would be the nineteenth, or the 1830-1930 period; still, that built on the industrial revolution, which began in the late 18th centuryl The most innovative century in politics and society would be the 18th, though it built on important philosophical thinking of the 17th.

Al.Zachary
User Rank
Rookie
re: Greatest innovation in the world
Al.Zachary   8/26/2011 5:44:09 PM
NO RATINGS
The most innovative century was the 19th. Coming into the 19th, people got around the way they always had - muscle or wind power. By the end of the 19th there was a worldwide rail system and powered ships (steam) and the beginnings of our oil driven transportation. There was a worldwide telecommunications network (telegraph & telephone). Oh, and slavery was abolished in most of the world.

antedeluvian
User Rank
Blogger
re: Greatest innovation in the world
antedeluvian   8/26/2011 5:36:04 PM
NO RATINGS
It seems to me that there were all these lists at the turn of the century. As I recall the greatest invention was selected as the printing press.

JeffScott
User Rank
Rookie
re: Greatest innovation in the world
JeffScott   8/26/2011 5:21:37 PM
NO RATINGS
the greatest innovation was the creation of life.

drward
User Rank
Rookie
re: Greatest innovation in the world
drward   8/26/2011 12:25:24 AM
NO RATINGS
Obviously it's the television commercial. Gives you a chance to refill the popcorn bowl and get a fresh cold brewskie without missing any action on the football field.

jnissen
User Rank
Manager
re: Greatest innovation in the world
jnissen   8/25/2011 7:57:12 PM
NO RATINGS
That's easy. When god created us he gave us the human mind. That is easily the greatest creation. Sorry but all the other inventions came from this one! Man made innovation is difficult to pin point as a singular item. Possibly the use of easily obtained fire. Without it the rest of humanity would not have survived. This subject is really flawed. The whole idea of technology is to borrow, grow, and build from earlier ideas. Needs to be narrowed down a bit or you end up with these fundamental issues of water, clothing, fire, food, shelter.

<<   <   Page 6 / 10   >   >>


Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Analog Faceplate Design Decisions: Art or Science?
Max Maxfield
19 comments
My degree is in Control Engineering -- a core of math with "surrounding subjects" of electronics, mechanics, and hydraulics and fluidics. The only official programming I did as part of ...

Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock

Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
1 Comment
As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards -- our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No ...

Engineering Investigations

Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations
3 comments
It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

David Blaza

The Other Tesla
David Blaza
5 comments
I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...