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    Way OT

    OK elders y'all have been around enough you should have good, reasoned opinions about many things. That said; what is your opinion about this:

    What are the two most important, fundamental inventions since 1900?


    Mind you I said inventions no discoveries. So, discovery of drugs, for example will not qualify. This also would eliminate such thing as "the computer" because computers are not a fundamental since they are merely an adaptation of technology.

    Important would be something that literally changed the way we live.

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    The interwebs.
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    The PN junction

    Edit: I hereby change my entry to Triode Vacuum Tube, since it appears the PN junction invented itself and was discovered.

    I guess there need to be two entries. The second would be transistor. So there they are, the triode and the transistor. Right on.
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    antibiotics

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdold View Post
    The PN junction
    Wasn't that more on the order of a discovery of previously suspected but not defined electrical and chemical properties and the development of technology to use it?


    Yes, what is an "interweb"? Maybe a Romulan term?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawkOwl View Post
    What are the four most important, fundamental additions to your life?

    Important would be something that literally changed the way you live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawkOwl View Post
    Wasn't that more on the order of a discovery of previously suspected but not defined electrical and chemical properties and the development of technology to use it?
    I guess so, I thought it came about through experimentation, but if Wikipedia is correct the properties were observed first and explained later. Actually, thinking more about it, the Triode tube probably changed things as much as anything. I hereby change my entry to Triode vacuum tube.

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    Yes, what is an "interweb"? Maybe a Romulan term?
    Heh...probably an ancient place where Archie and the gang hunted for gophers ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    The electric light? Naw, that was in the 19th century. The telephone? The spoon? The wheel? Okay, I give up, what's the right answer?
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    The line between discovery and invention can be pretty fuzzy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawkOwl View Post
    Yes, what is an "interweb"? Maybe a Romulan term?
    I'll give ya a hint...

    You're using them right now. Or rather, your browser is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cassave View Post
    Refrigeration
    I think this was a 18th century 'invention'. Commercially used in 19th and widely used in the 1920s.

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