5 Breakthrough Inventions That Changed The World You Should KnowOn November 6, 2019 by Ronnie Morgan
We couldn’t separate human and invention. Since human’s earlier days on earth, they evolved an easier way of living. Thus, there many breakthrough inventions that changed the world to make human life easier. From hunting, planting, even until transportation that scribed in the history of humankind.
When talking about this topic, then the names of James Watt with his steam engine would come to our mind. Also, how without Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulbs, we might still live out of candles. But aside from the two of them, there are other breakthrough inventions that changed the world. Here they are:
1. Arabic Numerals – Al-Khawarizm and Al-Khindi
Back in the days, the scholar used Roman Numeral for counting. But the problem is, the numeral system was too troublesome for huge numbering. Thus, they need for simpler numbering method and here came in the Arabic Numerals.
Although called Arabic numerals, actually, Al-Khawarizm and Al-Khindi inspired by Hindi’s ancient numeral system. But the two mathematicians used a dot (.) to represent zero (0). This way, they can repeat the number just by adding the zero. Then, this numeral method adopted by the European and East Asian.
2. Morse Code – Samual F. B. Morse
Morse changed the way of communication ahead of his time. Although around the time (in the 19th century) telegraph existed, it was slower. Thus, following the development of the electric telegraph with his peers, Morse came out with a certain code.
The code used electrical pulse and silence. This Morse Code encoded the standard text into dash and dots (dits and dahs). The code was available in 26 English alphabets, Arabic numbers, some non-English letters, also several punctuations and procedural signals.
3. Brake Pads – Berta Benz
Who would think that the inventor of the brake pads we use today was a woman? Yes, it was Berta Benz, the wife of Karl Benz. The German woman was the ones who test-drive her husband’s invention, Motorwagen, for 65-miles distance.
On her way to the test drive, she solved some problems with the Motorwagen. On the same journey, she also invented the brake pads as one of the safety points while driving the vehicle. With her invention, she successfully made the company’s first sale.
4. Glider – George Cayley
The plane is important in our modern days. But, when in the giant flying bird, do you ever think back how it was at the beginning? Way before plane decorated the sky, George Cayley thought ahead of his era. This Baronet tried to work down with the modern aeronautical.
He then dubbed as the father of aviation. As with his invention proved his understanding of the basics in flying the heavy flying vehicle. Until today, his understanding of weight, lift, drag, and thrust still used in the aeroplane design.
5. Mechanical Knight – Leonardo da Vinci
Actually, there are many things that Leonardo da Vinci invented, but it would too many to put on this list. Thus, we choose the Mechanical Knight as representative. The design was ahead of his time (in the 15th century) and too extravagant for people’s way of thinking during that period.
This intention also called Leonardo’s robot, since it just likes the modern-day robot. But different from the previous inventions on this list, da Vinci inventions mostly based on how he imagined it would be. He even drew tank models 400 years before the first tank existed.
Those above are the breakthrough inventions that changed the world we’re living. We wouldn’t know, without those inventions what would happen in our lives today.
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