Intellectual property reflects an economic trade off when it comes to innovation. Read more
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.
Mail Order Catalogue
Montgomery Ward’s catalogue: once ranked among the most influential books in US history.
Bricks: used for tens of thousands of years and still such a vital building technology.
The digital spreadsheet: a technology which took the world of accountancy by storm.
The idea recycling is a moral obligation, as well as an economic one, is relatively new.
The pencil claims to be a miracle product of the free market, but is that true?
Has the bicycle had its day? Or is it a technology whose best years lie ahead?
Norman Borlaug averted famine predictions by tinkering with the genetic design of wheat.
Facebook’s ubiquitous 'like' button can reveal a treasure trove of potential insights.
Blockchain: a digital technology that some say could become as disruptive as the internet.
Have factories been a force for improving the conditions of ordinary workers?
Satellites were once the length of a bus. Now they are roughly the size of a Beanie Baby.
Natural rubber still goes mostly into tyres, and its production still causes controversy.
How Rowland Hill went from disgruntled user to reformer of Britain's postal system.
Is RFID introducing an 'internet of things'? Or are its glory days behind it?
Has fire created not only the economy, but also modern humans?