“If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
The quote just mentioned is a poignant statement about the importance of appreciating and identifying those who have come before us. It is applicable to any field. With basketball, we have Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. These legends are what the current generation look up to for inspiration and motivation.
This is also applicable to technology and inventions. All the inventors and technologies of old are responsible for getting us to where we are today. There is no doubt that without those who came before us and their contributions, we wouldn’t be living the way we are now.
Fittingly, the quote mentioned above was made famous by Isaac Newton, an inventor and scientist in his own right. He borrowed the words from John of Salisbury who originated the thought.
Newton is one of the inventor giants that helped other inventors come in and make an impact on the world.
Let’s take a look at several of the best inventors of all time.
Nikola Tesla was a brilliant scientist and inventor. The word “genius” would not even hold a candle to the intellect and creativity this man possessed.
He was made famous by Christopher Nolan’s film The Prestige, where he creates an invention that makes clones. The film also showed his work with electricity.
In the film, a scene was shown where light bulbs were strewn about the ground. Without any wires or sockets, the light bulbs were illuminated as they lay on the ground. Then after, when someone picked one up, it was also sufficiently powered.
You see, Tesla understood electricity far better than any man did. He understood its properties and how it could be distributed in a different and better way. It was a wireless way of transmitting electricity.
He came up with the alternating current (AC) system but was taken down by Thomas Edison and his direct current (DC) technology.
Later on in his life, Tesla stayed in relative isolation. Sadly, so did his great ideas. He was good at theorizing. With his understanding of gravity, he once theorized that a person could crack the world into two like an egg.
From his ideas, he came up with some bizarre ones like a machine that induces earthquakes and even a death ray. Yet, his other works also contributed largely to our life as we know it. He contributed to robotics when in 1898, he made a boat controlled by a radio.
Archimedes of Syracuse was a mathematical genius. If you want to know how much of a genius he is, he once almost came close to calculating the exact value of pi. As in all of the digits of pi. Through his mathematical understanding, he was also able to figure out other things like how the arcs of parabolas work.
Archimedes is held in high regard as all his technological progress was done more than 2000 years ago. He had no access to any computers whatsoever. All he had to go by was brilliant and curious mind, and lots of experimentation.
These are only a couple of the best inventors in human history. We hope these inventors inspire you readers to pursue your own inventors. Perhaps one day, you can be known as one of Americas Greatest Makers.