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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

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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
July 30, 2017
"If you were to put an Italian peasant from 1300 in a time machine and drop him in 1870s Tuscany he wouldn’t notice much of a difference. Historians estimate that the average annual income in Italy around the year 1300 was roughly $1,600. Some 600 years later – after Columbus, Galileo, Newton, the scientific revolution, the Reformation and the Enlightenment, the invention of gunpowder, printing, and the steam engine – it was… still $1,600. Six hundred years of civilization, and the average Italian was pretty much where he’d always been. It was not until about 1880, right around the time Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, Thomas Edison patented his lightbulb, Carl Benz was tinkering with his first car, and Josephine Cochrane was ruminating on what may just be the most brilliant idea ever – the dishwasher – that our Italian peasant got swept up in the march of progress." See the figures presented by the historians Angus Maddison, J. Bolt, and J.L. van Zanden, “The First Update of the Maddison Project; Re-Estimating Growth Before 1820,” Maddison Project Working Paper 4 (2013).

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April 30, 2017

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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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