Forget Edison: This is How History's Greatest Inventions Really Happened - Deepstash
LIGHT-BULB

Incandescent light bulbs existed before Thomas Edison, and when other inventors got wind of Edison's tinkerings, they roundly sued him for patent infringement. 

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Forget Edison: This is How History's Greatest Inventions Really Happened

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THE AIRPLANE

Speaking of building bikes, that's exactly what Orville and Wilbur Wright did before they became the first team to fly a heavier-than-air machine. 

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TELEGRAPH

Samuel Morse was with friends and debating electromagnetism when he realized that if an electrical signal could travel instantly across a wire, why couldn't information do the ...

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TELEPHONE

Alexander Graham Bell invented a technology that would later bear his name. But how much did he deserve it? 

The problem that Bell solved was to turn electrical signals into sounds. ...

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THE MOVIE PROJECTOR

Most of these stories here are about how we mistake incremental improvements. But the story of the movie projector is a story about theft. 

Francis Jenkins built what we...

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THE AUTOMOBILE

The car industry represents the epitome of incremental innovation. Take a tricycle. Add an engine. You've got a car. (Just look at the picture of the the original Benz Motorwagen from 1885).

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COTTON GIN

The fabric cotton comes from cotton fibers that mix with seeds in the pods of cotton plants. To make the fabric, therefore, you have to separate the fibers from the seeds.

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TELEVISION

The "Farnsworth Invention" was named after Philo T. Farnsworth, the nominal father of television. But his invention was neither his nor an invention. 

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Four inventors they're almost all accidents
  • Alexander Fleming discovered the anti-bacterial properties of penicillin because a sample of bacteria had accidentally been contaminated with mold.
  • Charles Goo...

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