Asian inventors have created countless tools that we take for granted in our daily lives. From paper money to toilet paper to PlayStations, Asia is responsible for 50 of the most revolutionary inventions through time. In prehistoric times, finding food was a huge part of everyday life — so you can imagine how farming and the domestication of crops was a big deal and played a large role in making people's lives easier.
Think England is the country that invented football? Let me prove you wrong. Well, check out this post to discover 10 Chinese inventions we bet you never thought were Chinese.
The ancient Chinese were innovative and determined. They met their daily needs by creating and innovating some of the most important and long-lasting items in history. Ancient Chinese inventions date back to the Paleolithic period, and the Chinese were always ahead of their contemporaries when it came to inventing valuable things.
And where? Did the Chinese invent pasta or did the Italians invent noodles? Oh the confusion! Food mythology has contained many an inaccurate theory about how the two similar foods have made their way across the earth to each zone, with one common tale detailing how the Venetian merchant, Marco Polo, brought pasta from China to Italy after an eastern adventure that one we can lay to rest — it was just a clever marketing ployas John Dickie explains in the new SBS series, Eating History: Italy.
The invention of paper greatly contributed to the spread and development of civilization. Before its invention, bones, tortoise shells, and bamboo slips were all used as writing surfaces, but as Chinese civilization developed they proved themselves unsuitable because of their bulk and weight. Hemp fiber and silk were used to make paper but the quality was far from satisfactory.
Now, I love Chinese food. But what have the Chinese given to us, really? Fortune cookies?
Good ideas and innovation travel easily—and far. Historically, these ideas spread along trade routes. This essay looks at the great Eurasian Silk Roads as a transmitter of people, goods, ideas, beliefs and inventions.
Four Great Inventions of Ancient China China held the world's leading position in many fields in the study of nature, from the 1st century before Christ to the 15th century, with the four great inventions having the greatest global significance. Papermaking, printing, gunpowder and the compass - the four great inventions of ancient China-are significant contributions of the Chinese nation to world civilization. Before its invention, words were written on various natural materials by ancient peoples-on grass stalks by the Egyptians, on earthen plates by the Mesopotamians, on tree leaves by the Indians, on sheepskin by the Europeans and strangest of all, even inscribed on bamboo or wooden strips, tortoise shells or shoulder blades of an ox by the early Chinese.
China has been the source of many innovationsscientific discoveries and inventions. The list below contains these and other inventions in China attested by archaeological or historical evidence. The historical region now known as China experienced a history involving mechanicshydraulics and mathematics applied to horologymetallurgyastronomyagricultureengineeringmusic theorycraftsmanshipnaval architecture and warfare.