52 Ideas That Changed The World

52 ideas that changed the world - 52. Zero
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52 ideas that changed the world - 52. Zero

The technology on which you’re reading this article only works because of zero
19 Jun 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 51. Islam
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52 ideas that changed the world - 51. Islam

Followers of the religion make up a quarter of the global population
12 Jun 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 50. Money
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52 ideas that changed the world - 50. Money

Millennia of civilisations have used mediums of exchange ranging from seashells and cows to bitcoin and cash
5 Jun 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 49. Ecology
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52 ideas that changed the world - 49. Ecology

Scientific ecology can be traced back to Charles Darwin and considers living things and their environment
29 May 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 48. Fashion
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52 ideas that changed the world - 48. Fashion

Humans’ love affair with clothes dates back around 170,000 years
22 May 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 47. Relativity
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52 ideas that changed the world - 47. Relativity

Einstein’s theory remains ‘most important in modern physics’
15 May 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 46. The unconscious mind
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52 ideas that changed the world - 46. The unconscious mind

The theory of an obscured section of human consciousness has hooked psychologists for centuries
1 May 2020

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52 ideas that changed the world - Geosynchronous satellites
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52 ideas that changed the world - Geosynchronous satellites

The first launch into Earth’s orbit revolutionised global communications and TV
24 Apr 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 44. Land registration
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52 ideas that changed the world - 44. Land registration

The legal registration of land allowed the building of mass property empires
17 Apr 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 43. Writing
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52 ideas that changed the world - 43. Writing

Writing is the foundation of history, great literature – and this article
9 Apr 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 42. Monogamy
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52 ideas that changed the world - 42. Monogamy

The roots of monogamy have more to do with evolution than romance
3 Apr 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 41. The wheel
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52 ideas that changed the world - 41. The wheel

The wheel might seem simple, but it took humans a long time to figure it out
27 Mar 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 40. Insurance
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52 ideas that changed the world - 40. Insurance

Managing and mitigating risk has been part of society since the dawn of humankind
20 Mar 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 39. Selective breeding
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52 ideas that changed the world - 39. Selective breeding

Domesticating animals and creating plants and crops allowed agriculture to flourish
13 Mar 2020
52 ideas that changed the world: 37. Scientific method
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52 ideas that changed the world: 37. Scientific method

As scientists rush to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus they will rely on principles developed more than 400 years ago
28 Feb 2020
52 ideas that changed the world: 36. Logic
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52 ideas that changed the world: 36. Logic

The PM’s chief adviser references logicians in his writing so what does that mean for his decision-making?
21 Feb 2020
52 ideas that changed the world: 35. Trial by jury
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52 ideas that changed the world: 35. Trial by jury

Throughout history, where open justice has faltered so too has democracy
14 Feb 2020
52 ideas that changed the world: 34. Human rights
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52 ideas that changed the world: 34. Human rights

Emerging from the wreckage of the Second World War, human rights are increasingly under attack around the globe
7 Feb 2020
52 ideas that changed the world: 33. The nation state
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52 ideas that changed the world: 33. The nation state

Some feared the demise of the nation state, but Brexit, Trump and rising populism show its influence remains
31 Jan 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 32. Capitalism
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52 ideas that changed the world - 32. Capitalism

Invented by the merchants of Renaissance Italy, capitalism now underpins almost all of the world’s economies
24 Jan 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 31. Prison
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52 ideas that changed the world - 31. Prison

From the brutal conditions of medieval jails to the modern ‘rehabilitation not incarceration’ focus in Scandinavia
17 Jan 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 30. The production line
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52 ideas that changed the world - 30. The production line

Pioneered by Henry Ford, the assembly line heralded the birth of mass production
10 Jan 2020
52 ideas that changed the world: 29. Reality TV
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52 ideas that changed the world: 29. Reality TV

From British bricklayers to the US president and the Kardashians, ‘real-life’ shows have created a new type of celebrity
3 Jan 2020
52 ideas that changed the world: 28. Retirement
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52 ideas that changed the world: 28. Retirement

Being able to stop work and enjoy old age has created a whole new class of citizens
20 Dec 2019
52 ideas that changed the world: 27. Individualism
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52 ideas that changed the world: 27. Individualism

Championing the moral worth of the individual has had far-reaching effects
13 Dec 2019
52 ideas that changed the world: 26. Artificial intelligence
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52 ideas that changed the world: 26. Artificial intelligence

AI has wide-ranging applications but some experts are warning of potential ‘pitfalls’
6 Dec 2019
52 ideas that changed the world: 25. Package holidays
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52 ideas that changed the world: 25. Package holidays

The pre-paid breaks sent Brits abroad in droves and sent the Chinese packing
29 Nov 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 24. Heliocentrism
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52 ideas that changed the world - 24. Heliocentrism

The discovery that Earth revolves around the Sun laid the foundations for modern physics
22 Nov 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 23. International sport
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52 ideas that changed the world - 23. International sport

From the Olympic Games to the World Cup, sport brings the world closer together
15 Nov 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 22. Ready meals
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52 ideas that changed the world - 22. Ready meals

The rise of so-called TV dinners has revolutionised our culinary habits
8 Nov 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 21. Divorce
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52 ideas that changed the world - 21. Divorce

From Henry VIII to the modern day, divorce has reshaped our notion of marriage
1 Nov 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 20. The World Wide Web
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52 ideas that changed the world - 20. The World Wide Web

Not yet 30, the web has changed every aspect of human life
25 Oct 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 19. The welfare state
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52 ideas that changed the world - 19. The welfare state

The model of provision is the cornerstone of many modern countries
18 Oct 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 18. Music
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52 ideas that changed the world - 18. Music

This emotive but hard-to-define art form has played a pivotal role in human evolution
11 Oct 2019
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