The plough kick-started civilisation - and ultimately made our modern economy possible. Read more
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.
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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?