Once too precious to use, light is now too cheap to notice. Read more
Once too precious to use, light is now too cheap to notice.
Transferring money by text message is far safer and more convenient than cash.
Installing Windows might take 5,000 years without the compiler.
The Billy bookcase epitomises the pursuit of lower costs and acceptable functionality.
The tale of antibiotics is a cautionary one, and economic incentives are often to blame.
The Gutenberg press changed the world - but it could not have done so without paper.
Insurance is as old as gambling, but it's fundamental to the way the modern economy works.
The words 'clever' and 'death' crop up less often than 'Google' in conversation.
The clock was invented in 1656 and has become an essential part of the modern economy.
King Camp Gillette created the disposable razor. But his influence extends beyond shaving.
Robots threaten the human workforce, but they are crucial to the modern economy.
Public Key Cryptography
Geeks versus government - the story of public key cryptography.
The story of the battery begins inside a dead murderer. It's a tale that's far from over.
'Superstar' economics - how the gramophone transformed the performing industry.
The TV dinner, and other inventions from the same era, made a lasting economic impression.
The pill wasn't just socially revolutionary, it also sparked an economic revolution.
Part 24: Elevator
The safety elevator is a mass transit system that has changed the shape of our cities.
Invented for the printing industry, air conditioning now influences where and how we live.
Cuneiform, the earliest known script, was used to create the world's first accounts.
From Spacewar to Pokemon Go, video games have shaped the modern economy in surprising ways
Intellectual property reflects an economic trade off when it comes to innovation.
If anyone could work anywhere, some economists think global economic output would double.
The tally stick shows us what money really is: a kind of debt that can be traded freely.
Warren Buffett is one of the world's great investors. His advice? Invest in an index fund.
For many new mothers who want, or need, to get back to work, infant formula is a godsend.
Gabriel Zucman invented an ingenious way to estimate how much wealth is hidden offshore.
'Lighter than air, stronger than whiskey' - barbed wire wreaked huge changes in America.
Harry Selfridge pioneered a whole new retail experience with his London department store.
When lead was added to petrol, it made cars more powerful - but it also poisoned people.
The big story behind the way dynamos made electricity useful.
Limited Liability Company
How some legal creativity has created vast wealth down the centuries.