The History and Geography
of Inventions

Fire : 1420000 BC : Africa Pottery : 7900 BC : China Gnomon : 3000 BC : Egypt Pyramids : 2900 BC : Egypt Chariot : 1400 BC : Egypt Archery : 440 BC : Greece Compass : 10 AD : China
Quill : 1250 : Europe Telescope : 1608 : Netherlands Rifle : 1710 : North America Steam Railway : 1804 : England Telephone : 1876 : Germany Liquid Fuel Rocket : 1926 : USA Personal Computer : 1975 : USA

When and Where was it Invented

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Introduction

The tables below are divided by era. The lists are being enlarged all the time. There is also a search engine for more specific searches of the data.

The following regions, empires and countries are listed (in chronological order):

Africa, Europe, Mesopotamia, China, the Pacific, Middle East, New Guinea, Indus Valley, Ethiopia, Egypt, Yellow River, Sumeria, Central America, South America, Babylonia, Crete, Hittite, Phoenicia, Central Asia, Arabia, Etruria, Greece, Persia, Rome, Lydia, Mediterranian, Carthage, Syria, Pergamum, India, North America, Byzantium, Japan, England, Siam, France, Moorish Spain, Polar, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Wales, Korea, Spain, Denmark, Brazil, USA, Scotland, Hungary, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Russia, Norway, Turkey.

Inventions are things that need to be created or utilised by humans. Discoveries are things that already exist. So we discover Radio Waves but invent the Radio. The telescope was invented and used to discover the moons of Jupiter. The Theorem of Pythagoras was discovered but algebra (a method of solving problems) was invented.

All development depends on what has gone before. As the English scientist, Isaac Newton, put it:

If I have seen further than others it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.


Historical Civilisations

The following table is not complete but features the civilisations, cultures and empires mentioned in these tables plus selected others for reference. The colours represent different regions.

Civilisations


Dedication

These pages were "inspired" (for want of a better word) by Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister of the UK between 1979 and 1990) who stated:

Nothing of any significance has ever come from outside the English speaking world.


The Inventions

Examples: Stone Tools, Fire, Fishing, Boats ...
Regions: Africa, Europe, Pacific ...

Examples: Pottery, Yoke, Coffee, Weaving ...
Regions: Mesopotamia, New Guinea, Indus Valley, Ethiopia ...

Examples: Wheel, Silk, Sundial, Glass ...
Regions: Sumeria, The Americas, Egypt, Crete ...

Examples: Pyramids, Soap, Ink, Beer ...
Regions: Egypt, Babylonia, Central Asia, China, Sumeria ...

Examples: Alphabet, Shoes, Oar, Metal Swords ...
Regions: Phoenicia, Egypt, Babylonia, Hittite ...

Examples: Calendar, Coins, Mirror, Ice Cream ...
Regions: Etruria, Greece, Persia, China, Rome ...

Examples: Paper, Algebra, Chess, Gunpowder ...
Regions: Rome, India, Byzantium, Syria, Arabia, China, Moorish Spain ...

Examples: Spectacles, Cheque, Cannon, Pizza ...
Regions: Arabia, Italy, France, Netherlands, Germany, England ...

Examples: Telescope, Newspapers, Barometer, Calculus ...
Regions: England, Germany, Netherlands, France ...

Examples: Steam Engine, Sandwich, Vaccination, Lightning Conductor ...
Regions: England, Scotland, Portugal, Brazil, USA ...

Examples: Electric Battery, Photography, Microphone, Propeller ...
Regions: England, Scotland, Hungary, USA, Germany ...

Examples: Bicycle, Underground Train, Telephone, Light Bulb ...
Regions: Germany, USA, France, Russia ...

Examples: Atomic Power, Television, Jet Engine, Ballpoint Pen ...
Regions: USA, Germany, England, France, Scotland, Switzerland ...

Examples: Satellite, Microchip, Laser, Internet ...
Regions: USA, England, Russia, Switzerland ...

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Inventions Search

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