• Question: what do you think is the best invention ever?

    Asked by livyad to Adam, Catherine, Karen, Leila, Nazim on 19 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Adam Stevens

      Adam Stevens answered on 19 Mar 2012:


      I’m of the opinion that exchanging information is the only thing that separates us from the beasts. Books are the most amazing thing ever if you stop and take a look at them. Can you imagine passing round tablets or papyrus?

      However, the internet has kind of surpassed books now. You have access to essentially the totality of human knowledge in an instant. That’s… amazing.

    • Photo: Nazim Bharmal

      Nazim Bharmal answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Electricity, or at least being able to use electricity usefully. For that, I think Nikolai Tesla is the man.

    • Photo: Leila Battison

      Leila Battison answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      For society – what Adam said.

      For science – the microscope! The whole field of science changed after the invention of the microscope because for the first time, scientists could look at things they thought were invisible – like bacteria and cells. Modern medicine wouldn’t have been possible without the microscope, and without modern medicine, most of us wouldn’t be here!

    • Photo: Catherine Rix

      Catherine Rix answered on 20 Mar 2012:

      antibiotics, without them we would still be dying of easily treatable infections