Check out Adam Savage’s TED-ED talk “How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries“:

Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed — Eratosthenes’ calculation of the Earth’s circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau’s measurement of the speed of light in 1849.

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John Baichtal

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  • http://www.forcemeters.com/ Piotr

    10 (in my opinion) most important discoveries are:

    selective breeding
    writing
    fire
    geometry
    scientific method
    transistor
    astronomy
    the periodic table
    natural selection
    genetics

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500671262 Andrew Sayler

    This reminds me (a lot) of James Burke’s “Connections” series.