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Max The Magnificent   8/26/2011 8:05:20 PM
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All of the suggestions thus far are really great. I would also consider Einstein's theory of General Relativity, which was a staggering achievement... ...but... ..if we want to talk about the things that really changed the world and made us into the creatures we are today, I would offer the following as being the most fundamental: -- The mastery of fire and the use of it to cook food and keep us warm -- The invention of the fish-hook, especially the version with the barb (some of the earliest recorded fish hooks were from Palestine about 7000 BC) -- The invention of stone blades (knives, axes, and spear heads) -- The invention of the bow and arrow -- I don't know if I would class spoken language as an "invention" -- but certainly written language has to count. -- MUSIC!!! From multiple people banging on things together to whistles and flutes to stringed instruments and song. -- ART!!! Whenever I see pictures of stone-age cave paintings and Australian Aboriginal paintings I am rendered speechless (and it's not often you'll hear that). -- BEER!!! I can't help it. Alcohol in general, and beer in particular, certainly makes me happier and my life better (check out by recent blog http://bit.ly/ns2XHe) The above suggestions are just off the top of my head -- I could waffle on for hours about this (or most things, come to think about it) Thank goodness it's Friday :-)

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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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