When asked what is the most important invention, many questions come to mind, and these inquiries must be answered before responding to the initial question. What is meant by the word “invention”? Essentially, anything that did not exist previously, whether it is a mechanical device or art, literature, or music, is an "invention". Is the most important invention a tool, a mechanical gadget, a concept or an idea that impacted or improved humanity as a whole (in terms of evolution, a new way of thinking, and connectedness)? What makes the invention or innovation important to humankind? What is the definition of “most important”? Not everyone has the same definitions and answers to the common questions involved in the discussion of humanity’s connectedness and awareness of the world around them. The final answer immensely depends on the definition of “important” and the impact the invention had on humankind.
There is not a single invention that is more important than the others, because they all contribute to the significant effects of change and evolution in civilization. If I had to narrow down my choices of the most important invention, after considering the massive array of discoveries and
The invention of the telescope and its following refinement and use by Galileo marked the origin of the modern scientific method and the eventual understanding of matter on earth and in space from numerous scientific advances. The telescope opened up new realm of data that made the world less understandable and seemingly more complex. The scientific method was important to humankind because it introduced a system that made it possible for many people to prove or disprove ideas, concepts, and theories through multiple generations and centuries. It introduced the concept of every star having planets and a solar system all to itself, and that makes it much more likely that there is life elsewhere in the universe. Humanity evolved because its mental construction evolved with the revelation that the earth revolved around a sun, and not the other way around. At any rate, the advancement through inventions brings knowledge and more inventions and from the knowledge it advances evolution through each generation in time. Without a microscope all of the microscopic organisms on earth would not have been discovered, because they would not have been seen with the naked eye. Without the concept of education, and the accumulation of knowledge from past generations, it would only take one generation for all of the previous inventions that others have mentioned to vanish from the face of the earth. The greatest thing is, that one idea turned into many more ideas and concepts. The idea of having an idea is often taken for granted, but it is not a natural progress. It"tms hard to imagine how different our lives would be without the steady accumulation of both knowledge and technology that has accompanied the meticulous application of the scientific method over a relatively small number of generations. These various innovations of humanity eventually led to advances in science and technology that have enhanced the world over centuries filled with endless inventions and discoveries that equally contribute to the evolution of mankind. Philosophy was popular among the Ancient cultures and this contributed to the many great minds and inventions of the generations of the Sumarians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans who were well into recording history before two thousand years ago. The scientific approach can be applied to all things in life, general to specific and this makes it important to the process of inventions because it gets people thinking and discussing of all of the complexities that are contained in this time-controlled-thing called "life". The telescope opened up a gateway to a previously unimagined universe and changed the way humankind related to the world it inhabits.