FC: Legacy Scrapbook: Technology And Invention Throughout The Ages
1: The Mother Of Invention. It was once said that necessity is the mother of invention, and invention the mother of progress. Throughout time this quote has proven itself; without the necessity for warmth and shelter, how would we have come to live--first in caves and hovels warmed by fire, and then, far after, in houses with hearths and electric heat? And without the need for safety and community, would cities and towns have come about? Necessity gave birth to the invention, and the invention to its own progress. Technology is a tightly woven strand in the tapestry of time, weaving through the fabric of society and culture; at the very binding of progression and war, and at the very heart of evolution itself. Throughout this compendium we will take a glance at the grandeur and wonderment that is the technology and invention of history to the sixteenth century.
2: Humble Beginnings... The earliest inventions of man seem to be the most required and essential for living; how else would we have survived without them? Most likely beginning with the use of a rock or branch as a simple tool for hunting, man could slowly begin his climb up the food chain. It was not long after this simple discovery that early man began his progress. As seen in the illustrations on the south, east, and west sides of this paragraph, man began to “knap” (break or chip) stone in order to make more effective and precise tools. Attaching these knapped stones to long branches made spears, and making large hand held tools out of knapped pieces made for ax-like weapons good for bone breaking to harvest marrow, as well as taking down small trees. With these new inventions man had tools sharp enough to skin and hunt animals more effectively, as well as for shelter building. giving them the first upper hand. (besides a larger brain, opposable thumbs, etc.)
3: We Didn't Start The Fire.... Did We? “...it was always burning Since the world's been turning...”, a disheartening thought to think Billy Joel, but still the truth. Good news though, we did learn how to control it, and eventually even make it! The reality is that humans had probably seen and been frightened and even intrigued by this mysterious beast of constant motion and heat far before our ability to control it, finding it in naturally occurring forest fires, man would come to harvest this flame and use it for one of the most important uses it has. The cooking of meat. This increase in protein fed the human mind, giving way to a larger and more logical brain, not only focused upon living, but thriving. The discovery or invention of fire came not only to cook meat, but heat man's first homes.