How Do Inventions Affect Our Daily Lives?
Learning From the Past & Present: The Science of Technology
Mechanical inventions or technology make our lives today very different from those of our ancestors, or the people that came before us. Imagine life without television, cars, computers, or telephones. Older people, such as our grandparents, sometimes remind us of what it was like. Now Imagine life without books to read or electricity. Now imagine living in the very early history of humankind. How would you build shelter; how would you get food and cook? Science is concerned with why things happen. Technology focuses on making things happen. However, if you think about it, the two go hand in hand (they build off of each other). Especially when it comes to inventive thinking. Inventors need to know the "why" and the "how." In other words, "why" innovation changes "how" we live. Therefore, to be inventor's of the future, we have to understand the past.
Life Changing Inventions
The light bulb, refridgeration, and the telephone are just a few life changing inventions. It's common to give credit to many inventions that use electricity such as these to Benjamin Franklin for discovering electricity. However, his experiments only helped make the connections between lightning and electricity, nothing more. Because electricity is a form of energy that occurs in nature, it is not invented. Think static electricity for example.
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