The pill wasn’t just socially revolutionary, it also sparked an economic revolution
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 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?
Searching for 51
The extra “thing” – what should it be?
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
Revealed – the winning 51st Thing! Which “thing” won the vote to be added to our list?
Special Bonus: Santa Claus
Why does Father Christmas wear red and white? It is not for the reason you may think
The musicals star on politics, performing, #Me Too and her Italian-American roots.
What is life like in Kashmir?
Pakistan has warned it will retaliate if India attacks over the Kashmir suicide bombing
Catch up on the day's news plus great music for the drive home.