Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

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Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

2013

From prehistoric times to the 21st century, inventions have changed the world, enabling humans to produce more food and energy and to establish social order and cultural meaning. In fact, great inventions have marked a number...

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W. Bernard Carlson

In This Series

Great Inventions in Everyday Life
Episode 1
Great Inventions in Everyday Life
The Potter's Wheel and Metallurgy
Episode 2
The Potter's Wheel and Metallurgy
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits
Episode 3
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits
The Galley, Coins, and the Alphabet
Episode 4
The Galley, Coins, and the Alphabet
Crossbows East and West
Episode 5
Crossbows East and West
Roman Arches - Aqueducts and the Colosseum
Episode 6
Roman Arches - Aqueducts and the Colosseum
Waterwheels and Clocks
Episode 7
Waterwheels and Clocks
Pagodas and Cathedrals
Episode 8
Pagodas and Cathedrals
Paper and Printing
Episode 9
Paper and Printing
Gunpowder, Cannons, and Guns
Episode 10
Gunpowder, Cannons, and Guns
Telescopes and Microscopes
Episode 11
Telescopes and Microscopes
The Caravel and Celestial Navigation
Episode 12
The Caravel and Celestial Navigation
Unblocking the Power of Coal and Iron
Episode 13
Unblocking the Power of Coal and Iron
Steam Engines and Pin Making
Episode 14
Steam Engines and Pin Making
Canals and Railroads
Episode 15
Canals and Railroads
Food Preservation
Episode 16
Food Preservation
Water and Sewer Systems
Episode 17
Water and Sewer Systems
Batteries and Electric Generators
Episode 18
Batteries and Electric Generators
Cameras, Telephones, and Phonographs
Episode 19
Cameras, Telephones, and Phonographs
Electric Light and Power
Episode 20
Electric Light and Power
Department Stores and Modern Retailing
Episode 21
Department Stores and Modern Retailing
Motion Pictures
Episode 22
Motion Pictures
Surgery and the Operating Room
Episode 23
Surgery and the Operating Room
Steel, Glass, and Plastics
Episode 24
Steel, Glass, and Plastics
The Model T
Episode 25
The Model T
Aviation - The "Wright" Time for Flight
Episode 26
Aviation - The "Wright" Time for Flight
Radio and Television
Episode 27
Radio and Television
Nuclear Power
Episode 28
Nuclear Power
Household Appliances
Episode 29
Household Appliances
Electronics and the Chip
Episode 30
Electronics and the Chip
Satellites and Cell Phones
Episode 31
Satellites and Cell Phones
Personal Computing
Episode 32
Personal Computing
Genetic Engineering
Episode 33
Genetic Engineering
The Internet
Episode 34
The Internet
Social Media and Democracy
Episode 35
Social Media and Democracy
Inventions and History
Episode 36
Inventions and History