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I vote for refrigeration/freezing :)

Sure, other inventions came before it that made it possible.

If you sent a refrigerator or (even a TV) back in time folks would be amazed.

X-Rays and medical imaging is another amazing invention.

What are your nominations?
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I agree. Refrigeration and ice boxes were huge. The only "refrigeration" in the past I have heard of was snow being carted down from the mountains and to the delight of his guests, used to cool wine and fruits during the lavish feasts of the emperor Nero.
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helicon wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:06 pm I agree. Refrigeration and ice boxes were huge. The only "refrigeration" in the past I have heard of was snow being carted down from the mountains and to the delight of his guests, used to cool wine and fruits during the lavish feasts of the emperor Nero.
My Father in law was an Ice Harvester in Northern Canada.
They would cut ice off a frozen lake, then load it on rail cars for shipment as far south as Texas.

They stored it under ground, and it would last up to a year!
It was of course delivered to homes and businesses.
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Ylem wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:12 pm
helicon wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:06 pm I agree. Refrigeration and ice boxes were huge. The only "refrigeration" in the past I have heard of was snow being carted down from the mountains and to the delight of his guests, used to cool wine and fruits during the lavish feasts of the emperor Nero.
My Father in law was an Ice Harvester in Northern Canada.
They would cut ice off a frozen lake, then load it on rail cars for shipment as far south as Texas.

They stored it under ground, and it would last up to a year!
It was of course delivered to homes and businesses.
Wow that's cool (pun intended)!
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Alexander Graham Bell, phone.
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Written language, in my humble opinion.
Of course, some think it's the thermos bottle: https://madamsabi.wordpress.com/2015/07 ... all-times/
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AntennaGuy wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:32 pm Written language, in my humble opinion.
Of course, some think it's the thermos bottle: https://madamsabi.wordpress.com/2015/07 ... all-times/
We’re close to agreement. Language and mathematics, written or not, would be mine.
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Ylem wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:01 pm
If you sent a refrigerator or (even a TV) back in time folks would be amazed.
Would you send a generator with them? ;)

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Telescope, of cause! :D
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Space travel; the money spent on the Apollo missions in the 1960’s has powered developments in science & technology in the following decades.

I say this tapping into my iPad, which has more computing power than the computers used in these missions.
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Bigzmey wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:03 pm Telescope, of cause! :D
Lippershay or Galileo? Or someone else?
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Hi all. I second the refrigeration/freezer and later the air conditioners. It is amazing how many older folks still refer to the refrigerator as the "ice box". And, back in the day, large theaters would haul in ice to either the back of the theater or the balcony and run fans to cool off the audience in the summer time. The early refrigerants were an ammonia/water mix. This was later replaced with the more efficient freon. When freon was found to be harmful to our ozone layer, it has been replaced by either tetrafluoroethane or isobutane. The advent of the refrigerator made possible the storage of vegetables and fruits in our kitchens. And, the freezer made it possible to store fresh frozen foods for long periods of time, which changed our life style and standard of living. Clarence Birdseye saw the great benefits of this convenience and started a huge business based on this concept:
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Clarence-Birdseye
These inventions and the progress in modern medical advancements should make us all thankful that we are living in today's world.
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goldstar wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:58 pm Venetian blinds.
Without them it would be curtains for all of us......
OK, we have a winner 🏆
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My vote is for the steam engine , it kicked off the industrial revolution and was the beginning of many products we use today .
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About 25 years ago, I asked my then 90-year-old grandmother what technological development of the 20th Century was the greatest in her life, and she immediately replied, “indoor hot water on demand.”

Being from cold Northern Michigan, she was pretty sure about her answer.

My answer to the original question is language, which does include the language of mathematics, as nFA notes.
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This just in...
My cats voted for the can opener!
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Not an invention per se, perhaps more of a revelation. But my vote is for our harnessing of electricity. Controlling electricity to power almost every creature comfort and facet of our lives that we take for granted has had the most impact for humans in my humble opinion. Just my .02 worth anyway. :)
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Well since so many of the good ones are gone already ... beer.

Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.
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