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Great Inventions in Everyday Life

Lecture no. 1 from the course: Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

Great Inventions in Everyday Life

Taught by Professor W. Bernard Carlson | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

We’re surrounded by great inventions that have transformed our daily lives, from the steam engine to the Internet. Begin your exploration of great inventions by considering just how pervasive inventions truly are. Do we notice them in the world around us? Do we know how they work? Who invented them, and why?

36 Lectures

1
Image of Great Inventions in Everyday Life
Great Inventions in Everyday Life
0 of 31 min
2
Image of The Potter’s Wheel and Metallurgy
The Potter’s Wheel and Metallurgy
0 of 33 min
3
Image of Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits
0 of 32 min
4
Image of The Galley, Coins, and the Alphabet
The Galley, Coins, and the Alphabet
0 of 26 min
5
Image of Crossbows East and West
Crossbows East and West
0 of 25 min
6
Image of Roman Arches—Aqueducts and the Colosseum
Roman Arches—Aqueducts and the Colosseum
0 of 28 min
7
Image of Waterwheels and Clocks
Waterwheels and Clocks
0 of 29 min
8
Image of Pagodas and Cathedrals
Pagodas and Cathedrals
0 of 30 min
9
Image of Paper and Printing
Paper and Printing
0 of 27 min
10
Image of Gunpowder, Cannons, and Guns
Gunpowder, Cannons, and Guns
0 of 25 min
11
Image of Telescopes and Microscopes
Telescopes and Microscopes
0 of 35 min
12
Image of The Caravel and Celestial Navigation
The Caravel and Celestial Navigation
0 of 37 min
13
Image of Unblocking the Power of Coal and Iron
Unblocking the Power of Coal and Iron
0 of 28 min
14
Image of Steam Engines and Pin Making
Steam Engines and Pin Making
0 of 28 min
15
Image of Canals and Railroads
Canals and Railroads
0 of 29 min
16
Image of Food Preservation
Food Preservation
0 of 28 min
17
Image of Water and Sewer Systems
Water and Sewer Systems
0 of 29 min
18
Image of Batteries and Electric Generators
Batteries and Electric Generators
0 of 27 min
19
Image of Cameras, Telephones, and Phonographs
Cameras, Telephones, and Phonographs
0 of 30 min
20
Image of Electric Light and Power
Electric Light and Power
0 of 32 min
21
Image of Department Stores and Modern Retailing
Department Stores and Modern Retailing
0 of 29 min
22
Image of Motion Pictures
Motion Pictures
0 of 28 min
23
Image of Surgery and the Operating Room
Surgery and the Operating Room
0 of 27 min
24
Image of Steel, Glass, and Plastics
Steel, Glass, and Plastics
0 of 33 min
25
Image of The Model T
The Model T
0 of 24 min
26
Image of Aviation—The “Wright” Time for Flight
Aviation—The “Wright” Time for Flight
0 of 26 min
27
Image of Radio and Television
Radio and Television
0 of 30 min
28
Image of Nuclear Power
Nuclear Power
0 of 31 min
29
Image of Household Appliances
Household Appliances
0 of 26 min
30
Image of Electronics and the Chip
Electronics and the Chip
0 of 26 min
31
Image of Satellites and Cell Phones
Satellites and Cell Phones
0 of 26 min
32
Image of Personal Computing
Personal Computing
0 of 28 min
33
Image of Genetic Engineering
Genetic Engineering
0 of 26 min
34
Image of The Internet
The Internet
0 of 25 min
35
Image of Social Media and Democracy
Social Media and Democracy
0 of 32 min
36
Image of Inventions and History
Inventions and History
0 of 31 min

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m********m
February 7, 2017
Most thorough and comprehensive introductory lecture of all the course I have viewed Most thorough and comprehensive introductory lecture I have viewed to date.

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i********m
January 16, 2017
Wrong and/or purely speculative in many instances across the series. "Here''s how I imagine the agricultural revolution started. A woman says 'I'll have another kid' and the man says 'how am I going to feed it?'". Yeah, not really. How about a gradual "look, berries make other berries and these other plants kill them. Hmmmmm." Many other examples like that. "I don't even want to think about how many clay tablets to store 1kB of data." Well, do the calculation for 8000 0's or 1's - not that many if you write small. There were these punchcards being used for programming 30 years ago... The lectures need peer review to make sure they don't get too tangential and don't say questionable facts. The college style approach simply doesn't work anymore. We've all been there. We've all hated non-interactive, opinionated and opinion-based statements that would later be on the test. It's time for something better.

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f********m
December 5, 2016

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