Posted by: jeffbabl | May 3, 2011

100 Ideas that changed the world

Standing in the Wal-Mart checkout line I’ve always looked at the tabloid magazines that have outrageous headlines but have never bought one because I never found it to be worth my money.  Standing there one day I saw a TIME magazine special about the top 100 idea the changed the world.  Not in the order of greatness but by time period they listed things from the ancient world to the middle ages and the renaissance to today. From the light bulb, automobile and computer to vaccinations and tectonic theory, TIME reports on the most significant scientific and technological breakthroughs-in the form of ideas, inventions and discoveries-that have driven human progress. I’ve narrowed down the list to my top 15 choices:

  1. Geometry
  2. The alphabet
  3. Zero
  4. Electricity
  5. Computers
  6. Internet
  7. Seven day week
  8. Democracy
  9. The arc
  10. Gunpowder
  11. Flight
  12. Assembly line
  13. Movable type
  14. TV
  15. Photography

If anyone would like the complete list, just comment and I will post it.  You can even make your own top 10 list.



  1. Running Water
    Disposable Diaper (not so eco-friendly though)

  2. According to my father: Indoor plumbing. Megan, one our babysitters many, many years ago wrote a paper on the ecology of diapers. She said that cloth were better in the East where there was plenty of water and scarce landfill space, and paper were better in the West where there was less water and more landfill space. But her conclusion was, “Basically, babies are an ecological disaster.”

  3. Dear All
    I have an idea which can change the world and a hope for the labour in the world to sovle their problems.

    That idea is 19 month in a year
    in this idea there is no weekend system

    If any one need detail please write me

  4. ideas that changed the world???? (I’m not including scientific discoveries, im just listing human-made/invented thoeries and institutions)
    I think , in no particular order
    capitalism/free market
    critical thinking, scientific method
    religion/spirituality n.b this includes philosophies such as Taoism
    law/law codes

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