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To mark its centenary, the Science Museum in London had its curators select the ten objects in its collection that made the biggest mark on history. Explore them in this gallery, and cast your vote in the public poll to decide the most significant of all.
Sorry I think your wrong they all came after the one thing that changed are world and not perhaps for the better.
James Watt and his steam engine was the beginning of our modern world. Although it has too be said that Hero (or Heron) of Alexandria could have brought about that change in around 50AD if the world had been ready with his work in steam.
The atmospheric engine, first invented in 1712, solved the energy crisis of its day and heralded the start of the Industrial Revolution.
The engine unlocked previously unreachable coal reserves, by pumping water from deep mines.
Although this triumph of engineering arguably marks the start of the industrial age we still inhabit, it also marks the point that our dependence on fossil fuels really began.