The Atlantic has compiled a list of the 50 Greatest Inventions of All Time (after the wheel), presenting a look at the wide-sweeping creations that changed the course of history.
The magazine created the list based on a panel of scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, historians of technology, and others that gave their considerations on the inventions that changed the course of human existence.
The only criteria was that the inventions had to come into use after the wheel (dated to some 6,000 years ago), which of course ruled out fire.
Take a look at the Top 5 inventions of all time below.
The invention pushed man’s reach even further, into the unseen world via microscopes and telescopes.
Though not widely used and distributed until after World War II, this modern day miracle cured disease and prevented widespread deaths.
Sure, the use of candles dropped, but electricity not only enabled light to reach formerly dark spaces, but sparked a wave of energy use that powered nations.
When your great-grandchildren are adults, they will wonder about these things and remember when you told them that newspapers used to be printed on them. Newspapers? they’ll ask, confused.