Technological Advancements

Events

Invention of the Air Pump

1650

The air pump has been used for several things through history and even now in the modern era. This includes bike tire pumps, air compressors, and multiple other useful things.

Christian Huygens invents a Pendulum Clock

1656

The pendulum clock was a wonderful invention that gave us a sense of time. The passage of time was rather unknown, the clock and a closer understanding of time itself being carved from nothing.

James Gregory invents the first reflecting telescope

1663

James Gregory invented the first device that allowed us to look closer at the stars. Albeit now we have much more advanced technology, but back then this telescope was a wonderful way for historians to start space study at an even farther range.

Isaac Newton invents a more advanced Reflecting Telescope

1668

The first reflecting telescope was rather far off as to what we could see beyond our stars. This caused Isaac Newton, a familiar name to reinvent the telescope and gives us an even better understanding of our stars. This led to modern space study and space travel.

Gottfried Willhelm Leibniz invents a Calculating Machine

1671

The calculating machine invented carved a pathway to modern mathematics. It gave ancient mathematicians a way to calculate more difficult equations with more accuracy.

Bartolomeo Cristofori invents the piano.

1709

The invention of the piano may seem rather dull, yet for a person who loves classical music, it is a very important mechanism. It carved a pathway for classical musicians such as Beethoven to write wonderful symphonies. Even today this invention is used in common households.

French C. Hopffer patents the Fire Extinguisher

1722

The fire extinguisher has saved many lives and has had many changes to it over the many years that it has been in existence. It is important to have one anywhere and everywhere in the case of a fire emergency. Without this invention, there would be many more fire deaths than there is today.

Samuel Johnson published the Dictionary

1755

The dictionary was a huge advancement in knowledge for men and women alike. It allowed people to broaden their diction and improve writing and is still used in classrooms and homes to this day.

John Campbell invents the Sextant

1757

The sextant was used by sea navigators to keep their paths steady as they voyaged the oceans. It used the stars to map out which directions many paths are. While it is not used today, it carved a path to modern navigation systems.

Alexander Cummings invents the flush toilet

1775

The flush toilet is a handy device used to get rid of human waste in a more sanitary manner. This is still used in homes today, though there are many different kinds of flush toilets.

David Bushnell invents a submarine.

1776

The submarine was a rather handy weaponized marine vehicle used in many wars across the globe. They are rather iconic for modern sonar technology seen in several war movies. The submarine can now either be used for war or for leisure.

Invention of the Guillotine

1789

The guillotine is an invention used for public condemnation to death. It was used in extreme acts considered against the law or unconstitutional. The french particularly enjoyed this invention during the world wars and a little before. Though it is not used today, the guillotine changed modern ethics and public deaths.

Edward Jenner creates a smallpox vaccination

1796

Smallpox was a rather large problem, against what the name states. It is not so much of a problem anymore thanks to this invention which carved history for modern vaccinations

Invention of the soft drink

1798

While this does not seem rather important, soft drinks have been around for a long time and enjoyed by many people. They are a staple of modern life and consumerism.

Alessandro Volta invents the battery

1799

The battery is an invention that provides mobile power to all of our devices. Back in this time, they were large and rather bulky and only used for a few things, but now they are small and used in almost everything people own. They are still impacting life today, some positive and some negative.