The Top Five Renaissance Inventions

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Since the beginning of time, humans have been trying to create and innovate for the greater good. There have been a countless number of inventions throughout the ages. After the harsh Middle Ages however, The Renaissance was a time of rebirth for the world and from it came some of the most influential inventions of all-time. Only a few however stood out amongst the crowd, here’s the top five.

5. Musket

The invention of Gunpowder during the medieval ages had changed the way of warfare. The Musket was invented in order to replace the arquebus, a much heavier infantry gunpowder weapon at the time. The musket would be a symbol for future wars and revolutions in different parts of Europe. The musket was still used until it was gradually replaced later in the post-civil war era.

4. Mechanical Clock

Before the Mechanical clock, people often had to rely on sundials and hourglass in order to keep track of time. This was very inefficient as the sundial required the use of the sun and the hourglass was hard to carry around everywhere. The Mechanical clock was much more efficient as it did not require a sun and could be put anywhere from the top of a cathedral, to the walls of a restaurant. It made time keeping much easier for the people

3. The Microscope

Disease was a big part of the atmosphere in Europe during the renaissance. It was hard to determine what was causing such diseases as germs were too small to be seen by the naked eye. The invention of the Microscope by Hans Janssen stopped this problem. The microscope although very simple at the time, has since been a major factor in scientific developments on bacteria and other microorganisms.

2. The Pencil

Wherever one looks, there is always a pencil lying around. The invention of the graphite pencil in the 1500s was a giant leap in the spread of information. Before, people had to use a quill and ink in order to write letters and notes. This was very expensive making it limited to only the few who could afford them. The invention of the pencil was much cheaper and was available to the general population

1. The Printing Press

Johannes Gutenberg is not the man expected to make arguably the most important invention of all-time. He was an average person who attempted a life in business and often times failed accumulating great quantities of debt during his lifetime. Nevertheless, the invention of the printing press was one Gutenberg’s many financial schemes. Although not much at first, the printing press would late become the pinnacle of the ideas of the renaissance. The printing press was able to produce books at faster rates making the knowledge more accessible to the poor. It spread Renaissance and Enlightenment ideas to the general population and increased the literacy rates of the common person.  


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