The great inventions of 19th-century thinkers
Things you can thank inventors and thinkers of the 1800s for
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Across the world, the 19th century was a time of great change. Life looked very different at the turn of the 20th century from how it did at the turn of the 19th.
The British were pioneers in many areas as their empire expanded, but developments in science and technology were by no means limited to those forged by British inventors. For many countries around the world, the 19th century was marked by unprecedentedly quick progress in the fields of medicine, transportation, and natural history, to name a few.
Check out this gallery to find out which features of modern life have their roots in the 19th century.