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.
Currency derives value from trust in the government which issues it.
Without seller feedback, companies like eBay might not have grown as they have.
We make so much plastic these days that it takes about eight percent of oil production.
Market research marked a shift from a producer-led to a consumer-led approach to business.
A high-tech 'death ray' capable of zapping sheep led to the invention of radar.
The S-bend was a pipe with a curve in it, an invention that led to public sanitation.
Renaissance man Luca Pacioli wrote the definitive book on double-entry bookkeeping.
If managers often have a bad reputation, what about those who tell them how to manage?
Property rights for the world's poor could unlock trillions in 'dead capital'.
Do welfare states boost economic growth, or stunt it? It's not an easy question to answer.
Refrigeration revolutionised the food industry, and other industries too.
The plough kick-started civilisation - and ultimately made our modern economy possible.
Series 2: 50 More Things...
The Langstroth Hive: a wooden box that made the industrialisation of the bee possible.
Cellophane transformed how consumers purchased food, as well as how producers sold it.
The gyroscope: a remarkable device used to guide everything from submarines to satellites.
From the early typewriters, the QWERTY keyboard layout has stood the test of time.
The Welsh miner who made wrestling glamorous
Exotic Adrian Street received abuse for his flamboyant outfits - but they made him a star
Immigrants and refugees make ideal guides for a museum in Philadelphia.
The race for the Tory leadership
Stephen discusses the fallout from Theresa May's resignation.
Rocketman Interview Special: Taron Egerton & Dexter Fletcher
Ali chat's to Rocketman star Taron Egerton and director Dexter Fletcher.