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?
Get a Job?
Is unemployment in the West so low because people have simply given up on finding work?
The story behind Joseph Heller's acclaimed, satirical anti-war novel which sold millions
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