Why did history unfold the way it did? The account of human history is a profoundly complex web of interconnected events and accidents. Modernity is but the surface layer, and attempting to understand its hinge and swerve entirely becomes a daunting task. However, if there is one common thread in the tapestry of human history, it is the power of intellect and innovation.
Human inventions, since our humble beginnings, have repeatedly changed the course of history. From the very moment that ancient people began to harness the power of fire, to the advent of the information age, human inventors have led the charge.
Here is our tribute to the 20 most impactful and history changing inventions of all time: