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who in your opinion is the worlds greatest inventor? and why and what one single invention beat's all others

ps before anyone (especially CH )say's Dr Cavor it must be a real person:)
 
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John Logie Baird - inventor of the television. Need I say more?
 
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John Logie Baird - inventor of the television. Need I say more?
a bit selfish salty:) i would think that some people live quite happily without a telly
 
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a bit selfish salty:) i would think that some people live quite happily without a telly
O-Ha i suppose so. mmmmmmm.... i guess medicine would have to be the best invention of all time, but thats very broad, and was a collective effort by the whole world.
 
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"Og ug og og ug!" (Neolithic for "Look mum - I've invented the wheel!)


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"Og ug og og ug!" (Neolithic for "Look mum - I've invented the wheel!)
ug ug ug ug - alcohol, probably the most universal invention
 
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Thomas Edison, who invented the light bulb. I would hate to have to use a candle or petrol lamp at night.
 
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"Og ug og og ug!" (Neolithic for "Look mum - I've invented the wheel!)


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good call Llew:)

a poll in 2004 had the following results
 

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good call Llew:)

a poll in 2004 had the following results
The bicycle :-rofl2
 
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Ah, now there is difference between invention and discovery?

You discover Alchohol, but invent the steam engine, must say that I prefer the discovery over the invention, but could perhaps use the latter to make the former. :)

I would say that someone like Da Vinci has got to be in the running for the greatest ever, as he pretty much covered all disciplines, a true innovator.
 
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I would say that someone like Da Vinci has got to be in the running for the greatest ever, as he pretty much covered all disciplines, a true innovator.
He had a good 'code' as well - LOL
 
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I can't say I'd class people like Thomas Edison, or John Logie Baird as the greatest inventor. Not that I don't like what they invented, but had they not come alone someone else would have come up with the idea, or at least something similar. One way or another we would have electric lights by now without Edison.

Not that I can thing of a better suggestion right now. For me it would have to be the inventor of something truly remarkable, that is not simply logical progression from the available technology, and either very ahead of its time or unlikely to ever be invented by anyone else.

The discovery/invention distinction is a very interesting one...did we discover or invent mathematics? Numbers?
 
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Number systems? Count'em O-Ha

Arabic Egyptian Mayan Babylonian Roman Chinese Indian Greek

I think the use of zero in mathematics was first used in India.

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Number systems? Count'em O-Ha

Arabic Egyptian Mayan Babylonian Roman Chinese Indian Greek

I think the use of zero in mathematics was first used in India.

Llew
Number would have to be invented surely? Counting though is something humans have ALWAYS done, so its just part of us, if you get what I'm trying (very badly) to say. Counting is a neccassity for survival.
 
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(whoever discovered fire?).

Otherwise, Michael Faraday!

(He first revolutionised chemistry, especially with direct evidence for the discrete particulate nature of electricity and all matter.

Then, his discovery of electromagnetic induction enabled electric power generators and motors to be built, and started the worldwide electricity supply industry.

After which - although not himself a mathematician - nevertheless, his experimental discoveries about and thoughts on electromagnetic interactions were directly used by Maxwell to produce his famous "Maxwell Equations", directly leading to the discovery of radio waves).

PS, it's certainly not Baird, cos his tv systems were useless (that's going to annoy some people)!

(Or instead, should I have said Morton for anaesthesia, or Lister for antiseptic/aseptic surgery? Oh dear ......).
 
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well it took 4 day's, but i just knew spiney wouldn't let me down:)
 
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The bicycle :-rofl2
well... llew said wheel:D

a bike wouldn't get very far without any:-doh!
 
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One way or another we would have electric lights by now without Edison.
No, NO, NO

Edison did not, Not, NOT invent the lightbulb. Sir Joseph Swan invented the lightbulb. What Edison did was to patent a part of the electric light bulb that was thought to be common knowledge and therefore not in need of patenting.

Swan has been the subject of airbrushing out of history by Americans, who have to think they invented evrything worh inventing.

Edison was an inventor, yes, but first and foremost he was a businessman
 
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Hello Bronking, trying not to "let you down", but surely I'm allowed to go on holiday?

Yes, Paul R, agreed that Swan did invent the incandescent filament bulb before and independently of Edison, nevertheless Edison did do lots of work on finding the right materials - mostly by trial and error - to make it relaible and commercial. Having already lost one court battle, he agreed to share USA patent rights with Swan as the "Ediswan" company (in UK Swan stayed independent).

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Swan .
and: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Edison .

Regarding Rolfw's above post, perhaps the chap who invented the pull ring on beer cans ("throw away your can opener"!)? That's certainly an invention , you could hardly "discover" it.

(added, a rather grisly episode was the "war of the currents":
www.snopes.com/science/edison.htm#add .
(more detail): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_Currents ).
 
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Cheese. I like a nice bit of cheese.

Discovered, not invented, of course.

Actually, cheese stinks.

It'll have to be cardboard. Or superglue.

Maybe Nylon.

Or gunpowder.

Yes, gunpowder.
 
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