Business ideas that changed the world
There are a lot of ideas for creating your business – as they say, for every taste and color. Now so much has been invented that it is very difficult to create something radically new. Basically, everyone uses ideas that have already been invented by someone. Let’s dig a little into history and recall the greatest inventions of talented people. Now it is difficult to imagine what our life would be like if we had not invented:
1. The rocket engine (1926)
Physics teacher Robert Godard was an ardent admirer of Wells’s The War of the Worlds. Being engaged in science, he devoted a great deal of his time to studying combustible rocket fuel. He believed that someday real flights into space, described in his favorite work, would become available to humanity. Robert Godard launched his first rocket in 1926, and she worked on a liquid-fuel rocket engine. Then the rocket was able to climb up only six meters, however, this marked the beginning of the global conquest of space by mankind.
2. Television (1927)
Philo Taylor Farnsworth began his journey to creating television when he was only fifteen years old. At this age, he presented his first project on the electronic transmission of images over a distance. A few years later, the idea of an electron-beam device, a tube that converts optical information into an electrical signal and vice versa, was born in his head. Finally, at 22, Farnsworth was the first to create a fully electronic image. This marked the beginning of the television that we have now. Farnsworth had other inventions, for example, in the field of nuclear fusion, but in history he will forever remain as the man who created television.
3. Penicillin (1928)
The strongest antibiotic was discovered by doctor Alexander Fleming. Throughout his life, he dreamed of inventing a drug that could save people from terrible infections. Then one day he turned his attention to an unwashed cup, in which the mold destroyed all the bacteria. So he “gave birth to” penicillin – a substance derived from mold fungi. Alexander Fleming received the Nobel Prize for his discovery.
4. Pocketbook (1935)
The British publisher Allen Lane once faced such a problem – when the train is delayed, there is absolutely nothing to do at the station. In the shops nearby you can buy something to read, but usually it is either huge heavy books or magazines with a lot of unnecessary pictures. The first is very inconvenient to use on the road, and viewing the second is unlikely to take a long time. And then Lane got the idea – at train stations, at bus stops, at airports, etc. small, convenient books that could easily be taken on the road should be sold. In other words – so that these books fit in your pocket. Allen Lane embodied his idea with the help of the publishing house Penguin Books, which he opened precisely in order to popularize such a format of books and to accustom people to the fact that pocket-sized literature can also be high-quality and interesting.
5. Long-playing records (1948)
Peter Goldmark was an ordinary engineer who loves listening to music at his leisure. The only thing that annoyed him was the short recordings on the records. So an ordinary engineer turned into an inventor: he created his own records at a speed of 33 revolutions per minute. Material for the manufacture of records, he also began to use another – polymer vinyl. So the records have become better and more long-playing. This invention greatly influenced the music industry, because it was on such records that a lot of music was produced.
6. Pacemaker (1958)
The thing that saved millions of lives was invented by pure chance. Engineer Wilson Greatbatch developed a transistor that could record heart sounds. At some point, he accidentally incorrectly inserted a resistor into the equipment and noticed that the device began to create a rhythm that completely corresponded to the rhythm of the heart. Wilson understood: this device will be able to control the work of the human heart. After conducting many experiments, pacemakers went “to the masses” and began to save lives.
7. Modem (1979)
If the modem had not been invented, the Internet would not have appeared. Presenting modern life without the Internet is impossible. The first modem was released by Hayes Microcomputer Products for the Apple II computer. The modem worked at 300 bits per second. For comparison, the speed of modern modems is millions of bits per second.
8. World Wide Web (1990)
The first web browser was created by programmer Tim Berners-Lee. The program was extremely simple, had a text display and only a couple of primitive images.