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5/19/09 6:24 PM
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pm1964
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Alpo is correct. Guttengerg it is.
5/19/09 6:36 PM
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Hard to say but I like Tesla. The dude invented a lot of shit. Edison used many of Tesla's patents for many of his (Edison's) biggest inventions.
5/19/09 7:21 PM
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this thread is a joke if people bring all this bullshit but no mention of Albert Einstein. no one was close to what he was thinking of and he did it alone (not the a-bomb).

Einsteins achievements still cannot be fully utilized for lack of technology but already he has changed earth in many many ways.
5/19/09 7:29 PM
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TheLuckyMilkMan - this thread is a joke if people bring all this bullshit but no mention of Albert Einstein. no one was close to what he was thinking of and he did it alone (not the a-bomb).

Einsteins achievements still cannot be fully utilized for lack of technology but already he has changed earth in many many ways.
I'm surprised that no one brought him up sooner too. It's his kind of contribution that I was thinking of because it was so different than the direction that mainstream science was looking in. Though there have been some other good ones too.
 
5/19/09 7:33 PM
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whoever discovered how to make fire.
5/19/09 7:37 PM
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ajl416az - whoever discovered how to make fire.
5/19/09 8:43 PM
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Whichever dude accidentally left some fermenting vegetable or fruit in a bucket of water, and then drank it.
5/19/09 8:50 PM
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Charles Darwin. He freed us from religion, without even intending to do so. He was so far ahead of his time, that 1/2 the states in the midwest still object to teaching evolution.
5/19/09 9:00 PM
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I can't believe that Sir Isaac Newton has not been mentioned yet.
5/19/09 9:06 PM
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Fire.
5/20/09 12:01 AM
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i beleive TIME magazine ran a feature article a few years back that listed the 100 greatest inventions/ discoveries of all time. the guttenberg press was the number 1
5/20/09 12:14 AM
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What difference does it make who invented it?  Do you also think Leif Ericson was more important than Christopher Columbus?  You need to read up on your history a bit, or maybe you aren't understanding the point of the thread.   For the record, almost no one on this thread actually invented anything completely original.  Shit, all guys like Edison did was buy up other people's patents, but that doesn't make his role any less important.  He brought the technology to the forefront.
5/20/09 12:28 AM
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Alexander Fleming....... (Penicillin)
5/20/09 12:36 AM
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5/20/09 12:44 AM
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the printing press in europe sparked the steep rise in literacy in europe, which would have many profound consequences that would shape our modern world; one of which being the industrial revolution.
5/20/09 12:46 AM
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all these things like printing presses and agriculture and NASA and penicillin sound nice.

but before fire, man didn't even get far enough to consider agriculture.

without the ability to make fire, humans were just hairless monkeys living in the wilderness in little groups trying not to get killed. humans have 0 adaptations that suit them for physical combat, and even with a weapon a human is at a significant disadvantage against most wild predators.

fire was necessary for all the technological advancements that led to humans being the Earth's dominant species.
5/20/09 1:11 AM
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industrial revolution.
5/20/09 11:57 AM
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James Clerk Maxwell
5/20/09 12:01 PM
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I hate to say it, but Al Gore. He invented the interwebz.
5/20/09 1:44 PM
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"The printing press. It's not even a contest. Johannes Gutenberg."

I agree with Alpo
5/20/09 1:57 PM
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1. Isaac Newton

2. Thomas Edison

3. Albert Einstein
5/20/09 2:03 PM
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5/20/09 3:18 PM
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written language

printing press

television

pong

internet ftw
5/20/09 4:50 PM
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5/20/09 4:54 PM
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