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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

HoS Micropost: Ten Inventions that Changed the World

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/04 at 09:20 AM

The Science Museum in London asked its curators to select the 10 objects from the collections that had the greatest impact on history. The public (50,000 physical and virtual visitors) then got to vote on the inventions. The results are reported in the New Scientist:

  1. Medical X-rays, 9,581 votes
  2. Penicillin, 6,825 votes
  3. DNA double helix, 6,725 votes
  4. Apollo 10 capsule, 4,649 votes
  5. V2 rocket engine, 3,985 votes
  6. Stephenson’s rocket, 3,533 votes
  7. Pilot ACE Computer, 3,472 votes
  8. The atmospheric engine, 3,457 votes
  9. Model T Ford, 3,231 votes
  10. Electric telegraph, 2,694 votes

How would this list look different if the ten inventions hadn’t been preselected for the public?

What would your list of top ten inventions include? Reply in the comments.

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