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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2011 7:54:17 PM
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YES!!!

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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2011 7:53:51 PM
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Good One!

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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2011 7:52:42 PM
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There is some debate that the concept of zero as a quantity - along with the idea of negative numbers originated in India

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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2011 7:51:20 PM
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Good point -- also the decimal place value number system using only ten digits (0 through 9) to express numbers of any size...

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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2011 7:49:42 PM
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Pencil and paper certainly beat scratching marks on tablets of damp clay (especially in a thunderstorm) ... on the other hand, we still have some of the tablets from Babylonian times ...

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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2011 7:48:09 PM
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I have to agree -- but I would start with electricity and magnetism ... then relays .. then vacuum tubes .. then transistors and silicon chips...

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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2011 7:46:51 PM
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Calculus is good -- also his universal law of gravitation.

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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2011 7:45:56 PM
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Don't forget the latter part of the 18th century -- a really good book I would highly recommend is "The Age of Wonder" by Richard Holmes

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TK1   8/26/2011 7:39:15 PM
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How about the club / spear. Moved our ancestors from somewhere in the middle to the top of the food chain.

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Parreco   8/26/2011 7:15:22 PM
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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.

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