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Timeline Of Historic Inventions

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1. Bow






2. Paper in Ancient China - Although it is recorded that the Han Dynasty (202 BC






3. Wheelbarrow in Attica - Ancient Greece






4. The pattern-tracing lathe (actually more like a shaper) is completed by Thomas Blanchard for the U.S. Ordnance Dept. The lathe could copy symmetrical shapes and was used for making gun stocks - and later - ax handles. The lathe's patent was in force






5. Printing press in Mainz - Germany - The printing press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440 - based on existing screw presses. The first confirmed record of a press appeared in a 1439 lawsuit against Gutenberg.






6. Numerical zero in Ancient India - The concept of zero as a number - and not merely a symbol for separation is attributed toIndia. In India - practical calculations were carried out using zero - which was treated like any other number by the 9th centu






7. Wind power in an open air stream is thus proportional to the third power of the wind speed; the available power increases eightfold when the wind speed doubles. Wind turbines for grid electricity therefore need to be especially efficient at greater w






8. Banknote in Tang Dynasty China - The banknote was first developed in China during the Tang and Song dynasties - starting in the 7th century. Its roots were in merchant receipts of deposit during the Tang Dynasty (618






9. James Hargreaves invented the spinning jenny.






10. Three-masted ship (mizzen - on Syracusia) under Hiero II of Syracuse - Sicily






11. Double-entry bookkeeping system codified by Luca Pacioli






12. Pendentive dome (Hagia Sophia) in Constantinople - Eastern Roman Empire






13. Flute in Germany






14. James Hargreaves invented the spinning jenny.






15. Waterway connecting two seas (Ancient Suez Canal) by Greek engineers under Ptolemy II (283






16. Shelter construction






17. Crank and connecting rod (Hierapolis sawmill) in Asia Minor - Roman Empire






18. Floating dock in Venice - Venetian Republic






19. Sakia gear in Hellenistic Egypt






20. Floating crane in Rhineland - Holy Roman Empire






21. The pattern-tracing lathe (actually more like a shaper) is completed by Thomas Blanchard for the U.S. Ordnance Dept. The lathe could copy symmetrical shapes and was used for making gun stocks - and later - ax handles. The lathe's patent was in force






22. Fore-and-aft rig (spritsail) in Ancient Greece






23. Water wheel in Hellenistic kingdoms described by Philo of Byzantium (ca. 280






24. Buttress dam in Roman Empire






25. Jacquard loom (loom controlled by punched card) - Joseph Marie Jacquard






26. Thomas Newcomen builds the first steam engine to pump water out of mines. Newcomen's engine - unlike Thomas Savery's - used a piston.






27. Newspaper (Relation) - Johann Carolus in Strassburg - Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (see also List of the oldest newspapers)






28. Friction Match - John Walker






29. World Wide Web by a British national in Geneva - Switzerland - The World Wide Web was first proposed on March 1989 by English engineer and computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee - now the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium. The project was pub






30. Stephen Hales takes measurements of blood pressure.






31. Pendentive dome (Hagia Sophia) in Constantinople - Eastern Roman Empire






32. A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer or customized computer system that produces a video display signal which can be used with a display device (a television - monitor - etc.) to display a video game. The term 'video game con






33. Papyrus paper invented by ancient Egyptians by interlocking the stems of the Papyrus plant in the lower Nile.






34. Friction Match - John Walker






35. Gunpowder in Ancient China - Gunpowder was - according to prevailing academic consensus - discovered in the 9th century by Chinese alchemists searching for an elixir of immortality. Evidence of gunpowder's first use in China comes from the Five Dynas






36. Eyeglasses in Italy






37. Cast iron in Ancient China - Confirmed by archaeological evidence - the earliest cast iron was developed in China by the early 5th century BC during the Zhou Dynasty (1122






38. Spears in Germany






39. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invents the alcohol thermometer.






40. Parachute (with frame) in Renaissance Italy






41. Mariner's compass (wet compass) in Ancient China - The earliest recorded use of magnetized needle for navigational purposes at sea is found in Zhu Yu's book Pingzhou Table Talks of 1119 (written from 1111 to 1117). The typical Chinese navigational co






42. Arch-gravity dam (e.g. PuyForadado Dam or Kasserine Dam) in Roman Empire






43. Co-creation of the integrated circuit by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce.






44. Multiple arch buttress dam (Esparragalejo Dam) in Hispania - Roman Empire






45. Noria in Roman Empire






46. Crossbow in Ancient China and Ancient Greece - In Ancient China - the earliest evidence of bronze crossbow bolts dates as early as mid-5th century BC in Yutaishan - Hubei.In Ancient Greece - the terminus ante quem of the gastraphetes is 421 BC.






47. Anders Celsius develops the Centigrade temperature scale.






48. Turbine in Africa (province) - Roman Empire






49. Paddle wheel boat (in De rebus bellicis) in Roman Empire






50. World Wide Web by a British national in Geneva - Switzerland - The World Wide Web was first proposed on March 1989 by English engineer and computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee - now the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium. The project was pub