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Greatest Inventions of All Time

Rujuta Borkar Mar 14, 2019
The greatest inventions. What are they like? The write-up deals with some of these.
What would life be without a fan, the telephone, clothes, the Internet, printing machines, ATMs, the radio, all modes of transportation? Of course we wouldn't really know what we were missing out on because these things would not have really been there to miss. For making our lives easier through these inventions, we should be thankful to mankind.

Top 10 Inventions of All Time


Language has to be one of the most important inventions that mankind can take credit for. It has become 'us' in all terms.
We can't imagine a day without speaking, can we? No communication means you just can't convey what you want to the other. It means no books, no radio, no television, no songs... no nothing.
There really is nothing more complex than the communication technique―Language that humans have come up with. Everything that has come about as a result of language essentially.

Light Bulb

Technically the carbon fiber filament which allowed the bulb to burn for 40 hours and more is the actual invention that should be talked about. And hence, the light bulb was born. There would have been no light if the light bulb would not have been invented.


This instrument was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. It works on the principles whereby the voice and sound signals are converted into electrical impulses and transmitted by a medium (wire) to different locations.
Once there, another instrument receives the transmissions and converts it back to sound. Now that the technical workings are out of the way, think about a day without the telephone in either of its forms.


Transmitting live pictures from one place to the other opened the scope for entertainment and knowledge. It's termed as the idiot box, but there's no denying the advantages of television either.

Printing Machine

The printing press changed the way in which the world dealt with information and how the world collected, dispatched, and stored that information. It opened up limitless possibilities for the world to choose from.
Where earlier there were only handwritten books which made the entire process very time-consuming, cumbersome, and limited, the invention of the printing press revolutionized the way the world dealt with information. People all over had access to knowledge and not just a select few.


This saved us from succumbing to minor infections that used to prove fatal in earlier times. The experiments which revealed that there were certain substances―later called antibiotics―that made it possible to prevent the spread of diseases.


All modes of transportation, may it be the first steam engine, automobiles, or planes, have given us the opportunity and ability to travel from one point to the other, thus making the world a smaller place.


Capturing time and memories. What else would you call the workings of a camera?

Birth Control

Allowing a person to gain control over their lives, this invention has been able to eradicate all the dangerous ways of terminating a pregnancy and allowing a couple to make a choice. The world population, the number of child deaths and the risks to an expecting mother―all these would have increased manifold if there wasn't that birth control medium.


This has got to be one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century. Can you imagine your life without the Internet today? Obviously no, as you get a lot of benefits with the use of the internet. Distances seem to fade and time seems to run, making the world a lot smaller.

Other Inventions

  • Toilets with plumbing.
  • Mechanical tools
  • Lasers
  • Air conditioners
  • Telescopes
  • Computers
  • Refrigerators
  • Mechanical clocks
  • Washing machines
  • Vision glasses and lens
  • Sewing machines
  • Snooze button
  • Post it notes
  • Photocopy machines
  • Banks and ATMs
  • Microphones
  • Batteries
  • Paper
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
There are many more inventions that have not been mentioned here due to the constraints of space, yet some of the greatest inventions of all time have been given a special mention here.