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    I'm going to say that more specifically than the internet, the most important development was Wikipedia. Because the original internet was more or less an improved telephone, but the idea of putting all of humanity's collective knowledge on there is what makes it great.

    For a personal example, I grew up out in the boonies where schooling is terrible. I learned SO MUCH from the internet, and wikipedia specifically. I know anyone can put anything on there, but if you're a rural kid who actually wants to learn a basic overview of scientific concepts/history, that is by far the best tool. I know I'm not the only one from that situation who is immensely thankful for the idea of putting knowledge online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinobu View Post
    A military historian would be able to give better info than I can, but I am reminded of the fact that the Tokyo bombings killed more people than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings combined. Major powers already had the capacity to create massive collateral damage, especially in densely populated areas like Tokyo and Gaza. Nuclear weapons have improved since WWII, and regular weapons have also improved to reduce collateral damage.
    Not mention the 2 a bombing did NOTHING to cause japan's surrender (because of the fir bombings of cities) the russian invading manchuria and that one island did that

    mine would have to be the V-1 and a V-2 missles because without them and the german rocket scientists that saturn family and apollo 11 and from there that knowledge gave us the shuttle and the ability to do Hubble not to mention all the cool inventions NASA has made that people use today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinobu View Post
    A military historian would be able to give better info than I can, but I am reminded of the fact that the Tokyo bombings killed more people than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings combined. Major powers already had the capacity to create massive collateral damage, especially in densely populated areas like Tokyo and Gaza. Nuclear weapons have improved since WWII, and regular weapons have also improved to reduce collateral damage.
    Not mention the 2 a bombing did NOTHING to cause japan's surrender (because of the fir bombings of cities) the russian invading manchuria and that one island did that

    mine would have to be the V-1 and a V-2 missles because without them and the german rocket scientists that saturn family and apollo 11 and from there that knowledge gave us the shuttle and the ability to do Hubble not to mention all the cool inventions NASA has made that people use today
    Yeah a lot of people don't realize that actually. Soviet Union were going into towards Japanese territories nearby which did freak them out a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinobu View Post
    A military historian would be able to give better info than I can, but I am reminded of the fact that the Tokyo bombings killed more people than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings combined. Major powers already had the capacity to create massive collateral damage, especially in densely populated areas like Tokyo and Gaza. Nuclear weapons have improved since WWII, and regular weapons have also improved to reduce collateral damage.
    Not mention the 2 a bombing did NOTHING to cause japan's surrender (because of the fir bombings of cities) the russian invading manchuria and that one island did that

    mine would have to be the V-1 and a V-2 missles because without them and the german rocket scientists that saturn family and apollo 11 and from there that knowledge gave us the shuttle and the ability to do Hubble not to mention all the cool inventions NASA has made that people use today
    Yeah a lot of people don't realize that actually. Soviet Union were going into towards Japanese territories nearby which did freak them out a lot.
    and the reason for the freak out was because they moved most of there troops from Manchuria and a few other places to japan in anticipation for operation downfall and as result was basically defenseless in the north and i think is among the best ones done on this topic CLICK HERE its by foreignpolicy.com

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    Personally I believe the greatest scientific advances of the 20th century was the development of the jet engine,
    The modern world would not be possible without rapid transport on a world wide basis.

    A close second place for me is the development of the microchip or integrated circuit which forms the basis of most modern computing.

    Edit: I find it slightly disturbing that most of these examples are based on world war II era tech or from the immediate aftermath including my own selections

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    I am surprised no one has said the airplane yet. It happened right at the beginning of the 20th century, and I don't need to tell you how much heavier than air flight revolutionized the world.
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    i dont know about invention ... perhaps computers? i do think that the most important and most achieving moment was the space race though

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    Forget WMD i pick The ak-47 and the M16 because while by far they have killed more people than anything gun/s in histor the ak -47 especially is an engineering marvel


    this includes there derivatives to

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbareKiller View Post
    Forget WMD i pick The ak-47 and the M16 because while by far they have killed more people than anything gun/s in histor the ak -47 especially is an engineering marvel


    this includes there derivatives to
    Do you have any evidence to back that up? The AK-47 and M-16 were not around during the first and second world wars, which were by far the deadliest conflicts in human history.
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    Forget WMD i pick The ak-47 and the M16 because while by far they have killed more people than anything gun/s in histor the ak -47 especially is an engineering marvel


    this includes there derivatives to
    Do you have any evidence to back that up? The AK-47 and M-16 were not around during the first and second world wars, which were by far the deadliest conflicts in human history.
    the causalities in ww1 were More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians and there were Over 60 million people killed in ww2 and there have been roughly over 100 million AK-47 produced so far also . More AK-type rifles have been produced than all other assault rifles combined read more here

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    I say that the best invention is the Internet. After all, I wouldn't even be here talking about how it is so important if it didn't exist. Also, many things were accomplished with the Internet, like Viral Videos, connecting the world, relaying information faster, forming peace treaties instantaneously, etc.

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    Transistors, vacuum tubes, radio, television, the Internet, nuclear power, electron microscopes, the Saturn V rocket and Apollo...they ended the space race...the hard drive, antibiotics, SCIENCE! There's just too much to list.

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    The transistor, hands down. I may be biased because I'm an electrical engineer, but one can't deny all the good that transistors have done. They form the basis of all consumer electronics, from cell phones to game consoles to the laptop I'm typing this message on.
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    The Internet.

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    Default Re: DISCUSSION - What was the most important invention in the 20th century

    I'd rather say personal computer. Not computer, but personal computer. Because I think the great change happened when someone though about bringing computers to every home, and then it made sense to connect each other. Without personal computers, Internet would still be a restricted network for scientific and military purposes.
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