An idea is a spark of thought or imagination that leads to an outcome. The power of an idea can change the course of life and rewrite history. All inventions and discoveries have their roots in an idea. The idea at that time might have sounded absurd. History has witnessed many ideas and their manifestations that changed the way we live. Let us explore some of them.
Idea Number 1 – Discovery of fire:
Fire might have been discovered accidentally. Lightning, power of sun’s rays dry grass, and volcano eruption result in natural fire. In the initial periods, perhaps the man might have kept the fire burning by adding more sticks to the fire. The power of fire in cooking food or making tools might have prompted him to find out alternate ways to generate fire. This led to generation of fire by striking stones, or by rubbing pieces of wood. The discovery of fire is considered as the single most discovery that gave an upper hand to man over animals.
Idea Number 2- Invention of wheels
The wheel is the culmination of ideas of many cultures and men. It is the most important mechanical invention of all times. The wheel has played a pivotal role since the beginning of industrial revolution. The wheel is applied in many fields like transportation, gears, pulleys, computer discs and so on.
Idea Number 3 – Invention of weapons
Stones were the first tools used by men. Later on he started shaping and sharpening stones to suit his need for hunting and agriculture. With the application of fire, he began to develop more deadly weapons. The idea that was conceived for survival has now turned out to be the most destructive one.
Idea Number 4 – Recording of time.
The credit for dividing the day into parts goes to the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians. Recording of time started by observing movement of shadows of slender tapering monuments. Hours were first measured around BC 1500 when first sundials were built. The invention of hour glass had great impact on recording of time. The rapid progress in the field has now reached in inventions that even record time accurately to one hundredth of a second.
Idea Number 5- Geometry
Geometry is the science of shapes and sizes of things. It is believed that geometry emerged when Egyptian pharaoh started collecting tax from farmers by measuring the extent of cultivation. Geometry was applied in the construction of pyramids. It took an organized form when Greek mathematician Euclid gathered the knowledge known at that time along with his own ideas that resulted in his work ‘Elements’. Geometry fired the imagination and creativity of human mind.
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